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Stockton Voters Face Controversial Ballot Measure



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, October 31, 2013

Supporters of Measure A say the tax increase would raise $280 million over 10 years.

Stockton City Councilwoman Kathy Miller says the city needs the money as part of its plan to exit bankruptcy. She says if Measure A fails a plan to put more police officers on the street will be doomed.

"So the promise of that 120 additional officers, expanded cease fire programs, there will be no funding for that," Miller said.

San Joaquin County Taxpayer's Association President Dave Renison says Measure A gives the city the freedom to spend the money anyway it chooses no matter what it's promising.

"It's a general tax fund, they're making promises with no obligation to keep them, and the guarantees do not exist including that of hiring police officers," said Renison.

Measure A requires a simple majority to pass. Measure B which accompanies it calls for a public voice in how that money is spent.

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