SAN ANTONIO-- The San Antonio City Council voted unanimously on Thursday evening to place the "Pre-K 4 SA" sales tax initiative on the November ballot.
"I'm very pleased that the city council today spoke with one voice," said Mayor Julian Castro.
This was a popular topic, bringing out more than 100 people to the city council meeting.
Mayor Castro said the "Pre-K 4 SA" proposal would be largely funded by increasing the city's sales tax by 1/8-cent. It will cost the average family about $7.81 a year to pay for full-day Pre-K classes.
There has been opposition on this initiative from people concerned they will not benefit from the programs. Others feel the tax increase will do more harm than good.
"This burden will fall very hard on the working poor, on seniors on fixed incomes, " said Bob Martin, president of the Homeowner-Taxpayer Association.
The mayor said the public will be asked to decide on whether to provide full day Pre-K classes to an estimated 5,700 eligible four year olds.
The city plans to hold community meetings on this initiative, and have information available on social media in order to inform voters.