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Sales Tax Considered to Help Fund Stockton Reforms


They’ll decide whether to hold a public hearing on a ballot measure that would raise an estimated 28 million dollars in its first year.  The revenues would be used to pay off the city's debt, implement the Marshall Plan to curb crime and hire 120 more police officers. 

City Councilman Elbert Holman favors the measure.

“Our economic recovery is contingent on various fronts, in order for economic recovery we have to address the crime problem also, and the tax, it attack both problems at the same time,” said Holman.

If approved, the city's sales tax would rise to 9%.

Putting the measure on the November ballot would require a unanimous vote by all seven members of the city council.



Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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