Led by former Modesto Police Chief Mike Harden, proponents of Measure X will begin their campaign for the tax measure that will appear on the November ballot.
They will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. today in front of the Modesto Police Department, 600 G Street, downtown.
Proponents hope the new tax revenue, which would go into the city’s general fund, would enable the city to restore some or all of the 55 police officer and 33 firefighter positions lost in recent years because of budget cuts.
Harden and local business owner Nick Bavaro will be among the speakers during the event, and Yes on X honorary campaign committee members will be announced.
“Yes on X gives us locally controlled funding to fight crime, gangs, drugs and property crime; improve city streets and expand programs to attract new businesses and create jobs – improving our quality of life and moving Modesto forward,” a statement announcing the event read.
The measure would include an 11-member oversight committe and independent financial audits, and the tax would expire after six years unless renewed by voters.