MODESTO — The Modesto City Council is expected Tuesday to pass a resolution establishing funding priorities for Measure X, the 1 percentage point sales tax on the November ballot.
Because it's a general tax, the ballot measure needs a simple majority to pass. And as a general tax, this council and its successors can use the revenue for any general government purpose.
The resolution states in part: "Nothing in this resolution shall be interpreted to permanently, legally obligate the revenues to specific purposes in the manner of a special tax."
A special tax which must be used for a specific purpose, such as roads or public safety requires two-thirds voter approval.
But council members have said the resolution will provide the public with assurances the city will honor the funding priorities. If the tax passes, the city will set up an oversight committee to monitor how the tax is spent. The resolution calls for a two-thirds council vote to change the spending priorities.
The priorities are to spend half of the tax revenue on public safety, a quarter on roads, a tenth on rebuilding financial reserves and the rest on economic development and parks and recreation.
Measure X, the proposed tax increase, would end after six years. City officials have said they expect the tax would bring in roughly $26 million annually.
The council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.