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Tampa, Florida -- When voters head to the polls on Nov. 6they will be faced with 11 Amendments to vote on.

Amendment 3 limits sets limitations on how state leaders can raise your taxes by using a formula based on inflation and population changes.

Opponents say Amendment 3 would cost the state $11 billion in 10 years but supporters say it would pump more money into the economy. Members from "No on 3" held a press conference Thursday in a voluntary pre-K class in Tampa.

"I'm hoping they vote 'no' on Amendment 3," says Arena Green, VPK teacher.

Green's state funded voluntary pre-K program at King's Kids Christian Academy, prepares her class of 12 four-year-olds for kindergarten.

Green says, "They are learning their letters their numbers and how to socialize with one another."

Green worries the program is in jeopardy if voters approve Amendment 3 next month.

"The children lose out mostly because the parents may not be able to afford to bring them to a program like this," says Green.

Hillsborough School Board member April Griffin says Hillsborough has already cut $200 million in recent years.

"You start looking at cutting programs children need electives sports," says Griffin. She adds, "People say cut the fat, cut the fat, and we're down into the marrow and we're getting ready to lose the limbs."

A graphic provided by "No on 3" shows half of the tax dollars lost under Amendment 3 would impact education, the remainder would be cut from social programs for seniors, veterans, parks and roads.

"This is essentially wolf in sheep's clothing," says Griffin. "It sounds good on the surface, but it's not."

But supporters such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce say Amendment 3 keeps state spending in check.

"We think that that will help insure that our government doesn't grow faster than taxpayers, Floridians, ability to pay for it," says Edie Ousley, VP of Public Affairs for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber officials say less taxation means a stronger economy.

"It would allow Floridians to be able to spend more locally. It would allow businesses to be able to contribute more to the economy and hire additional employees," says Ousley.

Amendment 3 would shift the burden of raising taxes and other funding to local government. Some voters say in the end the taxpayer covers the bill.

"You either pay at the state level or at the local level the project will get funded one way or another," says voter Rick Barns.

Critics say Amendment 3 is similar to one passed and, they say, failed in Colorado. The difference between Colorado and Florida's is Colorado's cap on taxation applied to all government groups. Florida's applies only to state leaders, not local municipalities.

Replaces existing revenue limits with a new limitation based on inflation and population changes.

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