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Against All Odds, Conservatives Defeat Modesto Tax Measure
California Political Review ^ | November 21, 2013 | Janice Keating

Posted on 11/21/2013 6:40:18 PM PST by keat

Ten California cities had sales tax measures on the ballot on November 5th and nine of them passed by significant margins. Only Modesto’s tax measure was voted down and I’m here to tell you how a bit about how it happened. The campaign for Measure X, a one percent sales tax increase tied to a non binding city council resolution calling for the bulk of the new revenue to be spent on police and fire, was spearheaded by Mayor Garrad Marsh and funded almost entirely by the public safety unions. Being a general tax increase with a caveat, similar to a measure in neighboring Stockton, Measure X required a simple majority to pass.

With Modesto’s finances in a $6 to $11 million dollar hole depending on who you asked and, like most municipalities, facing crippling pension costs, the mayor and city council tossed the measure together late last summer and got it on the ballot. Police and fire unions began pouring money into a campaign to pass the measure and, by early September, no organized opposition had formed.

Knowing a bit about Modesto’s finances as I do, something had to be done. With little time to organize a campaign I turned to the Stanislaus Taxpayers Association and their President, Dave Thomas. Dave and I quickly formed a plan to fight the measure with whatever means we could muster. We were against quite a juggernaut, facing both the City of the Modesto and the public safety unions who had already raised over $100,000 and pledged at least $50,000 more.

Early on we were confronted with all the things a tax-hungry city will do to influence a municipal election that promised a waterfall of newfound cash.

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1 posted on 11/21/2013 6:40:18 PM PST by keat
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To: keat

This is how to fight the libs. Use their tactics, but only smarter and relentlessly.

Sometimes the “true” will win. Gotta start somewhere. California. Wow. Who would have thunk?

Time to spread these tactics like a “PrairieFire”.


2 posted on 11/21/2013 7:08:45 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: keat

Let me tell you what will happen next. The pro-tax forces will just bring the issue back for another vote, using more effective tactics, maybe some police response delays, some firefighting delays and blame it all on the democrat mantra of ‘not enough money’ to push it through.
If that new ballot measure fails, then they will try and try again until it is passed.
Citizens will suffer until the ballot measure passes and again after the ballot measure passes.


3 posted on 11/21/2013 7:58:51 PM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

bump


4 posted on 11/21/2013 8:00:59 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: keat

Thanks for the great story. When conservatives give voice to principled arguments they find abundant allies among voting citizens. Voters like me helped keep Tom McClintock in office in Sacramento and then sent him to Washington. The conservative message is a positive and moving message that resonates with free citizens.


5 posted on 11/21/2013 10:33:46 PM PST by concentric circles
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