MY TURN: Half percent sales tax increase - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MY TURN: Half percent sales tax increase

(WMC-TV) - Memphis voters will now have the opportunity to go to the polls to vote for a half-percent increase in the city's sales tax. Part of this sales tax hike will go to fund pre-kindergarten education programs. It's hard to argue against the value of pre-K programs. Without the benefit of a pre-K program, many Memphis school children would arrive unprepared to begin their education. Research has shown that pre-K classes can be effective in getting children off to a better start. The other part of the sales tax increase would go toward a reduction in the Memphis property tax rate. I think you'll find a lot of people who would agree that Memphis property taxes are too high. It's unfortunate that this solution to lowering them is to impose a sales tax hike which is a more regressive form of taxation – a tax that hits poor people the hardest. Call me skeptical if you want, but if this sales tax passes, a lot of us will have to be watching very closely to be sure the property tax actually gets as lowered as promised.

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