Kevin Valine

October 31, 2013 2:07 PM

Modesto News Blog: Flexibility with tax may be a good thing for Modesto

Critics of Modesto’s Measure X don’t like that it’s a general tax, which means it can be spent for any general government purpose, even though the city intends to spend half on public safety, a quarter on roads, a tenth on reserves and the balance on parks, economic development and other purposes. But a fiscal expert says it may be a good thing that Measure X is a general tax. It gives Modesto the flexibility it may need to deal with new financial challenges.

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