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October 19, 2013

Community survey was tax poll, doesn’t mirror Modesto diversity

Modesto officials said in the spring they were hiring a consultant to determine residents’ priorities and satisfaction with City Hall. While the community survey would “capture attitudes toward revenue options,” officials insisted it was not a poll measuring support for a sales tax. But two California State University, Stanislaus, professors say the survey was just that. Additionally, the survey does not reflect the diversity of Modesto. Seventy-five percent of survey takers were white and 61 percent were 60 years of age and older.

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