Pre-K sales tax referendum fails with voters - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Pre-K sales tax referendum fails with voters

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(WMC-TV) - The referendum proposing a sales tax increase to fund a pre-K program in Memphis has failed with voters.

More than 60 percent of voters said "no" to the tax with 90 percent of the precincts reporting.

Voters hit the polls throughout the city Thursday for a ballot measure that created much debate in the past couple of weeks.

The sales tax referendum would have boosted the sales tax by a half cent generating about $47 million, which would have cover more than 8,000 children age 4 and up.

All sides agreed that effective pre-K serves an important role in benefiting the city's future, but a sticking point for many was the fact that the city-connected commission would oversee the money.

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