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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A Nov. 21 referendum to pay for Pre-K and offer tax relief to property owners by increasing the sales tax by a half a percent has yet to generate interest, but that hasn't stopped opponents from trying to defeat it.

The power of the pulpit Thursday was mentioned as a way to defeat the proposed sales tax increase.

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Supporters say the millions of dollars raised can help pay for Pre-K education and lower property taxes, but some ministers are promising to tell their parishioners to say no.

Bloomfield Baptist Church Pastor Ralph White with the Baptist Ministerial Association believes up to 60 ministries share his concerns. They support Pre-K but believe the sales tax increase hurts the poor and is the wrong way to fund education.

"It's not good," Pastor White said. "We don't feel it is right to tax people who have already been impacted by poor fiscal government."

The increase would generate $47 million in new revenue, and $30 million would pay for Pre-k for 4,500 Memphis children. The other $17 million would help lower property taxes.

Pastor White argues the plan hurts the poor.

"It is tight out there," he said. "You have to be out there. We have individuals wondering where their next meals are coming from. Individuals we have to help with their rent."

Pastor White belongs to a growing number of civic leaders who believe Memphis city government ought to pay the disputed $57 million owed to the defunct city schools system.

"We are going to come up with this $57 million that we owe to education, whether it goes to public education or Pre-k," he said. "Hopefully this will be an incentive to pull people in to vote next year to continue Pre-k."

Supporters have started to roll out prominent Memphis leaders to endorse the referendum, but when pastors speak parishioners listen.

"Me, I will say don't vote for it," Pastor White said. "From the pulpit."

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