There is a heated debate growing in central Texas over whether to raise taxes to create a new University of Texas Medical School and teaching hospital right here in Austin. To pay for that school, there is a tax ratification proposition on the ballot. Prop 1 one would increase property tax in the health district to five cents per $100. That will cost the average property owner $276 a year. State senator Kirk Watson, who supports the proposition, says the money contributed by Austinites would be matched by more than $86 million in federal funds.
But there is a group who says the state is asking for too much money. Joining us this morning is a representative from that group. Don Zimmerman, with the Travis County Taxpayers Union, joins us in the studio to discuss the issue.