SAN ANTONIO -- As city council gets ready to vote on whether or not they will put the Pre-K sales tax increase on the November ballot, County Commissioner Kevin Wolff and his father Judge Nelson Wolff are putting the gloves on and facing off on the proposal.
Father and son both support early childhood education but don't agree on who should be paying for Pre-K. They're sounding off on the mayor's efforts for a higher sales tax to pay for full day Pre-K classes. In a recent letter to Mayor Julian Castro, Commissioner Wolff questions residents outside the city having to pay the 1/8th cent sales tax if they don't live in San Antonio but do shop in the city.
“My questions are two-fold. Should the city be in this business and how does that affect the ones I directly represent today in suburban cities?” Commissioner Wolff said.
Judge Wolff believes the city has to step up for the children since the state failed, saying, “A big failure to the Texas Legislature for not funding education programs like they should. They've been cutting instead of increasing funding.”
The city council will vote on Thursday whether or not to put the proposal on the November ballot. If it passes, the city estimates the cost for the average family would be $7.81 a year.