The city of Modesto has put this measure of a 1 percent sales tax increase on the ballot with the proviso that the money be spent for police protection and restore the level of fire service to what it was before. The Modesto city general fund budget is now at about $110 million and the city wishes to restore about $13 million to the budget. However, the 1 percent sales tax increase is estimated to bring the city $26 million $13 million more than necessary.
The extra $13 million creates a sludge fund for the city to spend as it pleases in other areas. The economy is slowly getting better and taxes are going up so the city will be benefit from both sales and property taxes. The city needs to clean up the excess pension problem it has created along with other budget problems.
This can go on the ballot next year for a quarter percent to half percent increase. Responsibly vote "no" on this measure.