Former councilman, Mayor Nirenberg rival intends to rally opposition against sales tax proposals

Greg Brockhouse says he wants to give voters facts on “tens of millions of dollars in new tax programs”

SAN ANTONIO – A former rival of Mayor Ron Nirenberg says he is stepping up to rally opposition against two San Antonio sales tax proposals on the November ballot.

Greg Brockhouse announced Wednesday afternoon he would be gathering support to vote against a pair of proposals to use a 1/8 cent tax for workforce development and then transportation funding. The former District 6 City Councilman and Nirenberg’s main opponent in the 2019 mayoral race said he wants to put together a team to put out information about “the real facts when it comes to these ballot initiatives."

“If we don’t talk about the fact these are new taxes and new tax programs, if we don’t talk frankly about the empty buses that are flowing all around this city, if we don’t talk frankly about how many people actually will not complete Ron Nirenberg’s workforce training program, if we don’t get the clean facts out there, then we’re doing a disservice to the voter,” Brockhouse said.

Brockhouse does not appear ready to wage a full-on opposition campaign, saying “there’s no requirement for me to file any campaign finance activity reports as a private citizen exercising his First Amendment rights.”

The former mayoral hopeful, who now hosts a regular online Facebook video talk show called “The BrockCast,” said he is not accepting any donations. Though, he said he would “follow to the letter of the law” campaign finance rules and would “probably” end up filing a report anyways.

“This is me out there building my own group, capitalizing on my own social media reach, and like I said, contact database and stuff like that,” Brockhouse said.

He also denied that wading into the sales tax fight is a way to set up another campaign to challenge Nirenberg in 2021, though he believes his mayoral campaign resonated with voters.

“So, yeah, I’ll be looking at it again for the future. And I think there’s an opportunity to continue to make these arguments. But this is really the first big opportunity that I see -- we have to do this. It’s a public vote. People don’t have information. They don’t know what’s going on. This is about getting data and information out,” Brockhouse said.

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