City of Modesto Sales Tax, Measure X (November 2013)
|Voting on Taxes|
|Not on ballot|
- These final, certified results are from the Stanislaus County elections office.
Below is the impartial analysis written by city attorney Susana Alcala Wood:
The City Council has placed before the voters the question whether to approve an ordinance enacting a temporary transactions and use tax within the City of Modesto. The tax rate would be one percent (1.0%) of the retail sales price, or one cent for an item that costs one dollar. The tax would remain in effect for six years. A full copy of the ordinance text is printed in these ballot materials.
Currently, the tax on retail sales in Modesto is 7.625% of the purchase price. The City receives 0.75% of that total amount. The remainder goes to the State (6.5%), Stanislaus County Local Transportation Fund (0.25%), and Stanislaus County Libraries (0.125%). Retailers collect the tax at the time of sale and remit the funds to the State Board of Equalization, which administers the tax and sends the City its share. This measure would authorize a 1.0% transactions and use tax, which would increase the total sales tax rate to 8.625%. Of that total amount, 1.75% would be deposited in the City’s general fund and be available to support the full range of municipal services. Because this measure does not legally restrict the use of tax revenue to any speciﬁ c purposes, it is classiﬁ ed as a “general tax,” not a “special tax.”
The tax would automatically terminate six years after it becomes operative, unless extended by the voters. In addition, the tax would be reduced to one-half percent (0.50%) in the event that a countywide transactions and use tax to fund roads were enacted.
This measure requires the City Council to appoint an eleven-person citizen oversight committee to review and oversee expenditures of the revenue, to review the portion of the audit prepared by the City’s independent auditor that relates to the tax, and to prepare a public report on the expenditure of funds from the tax.
A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of the tax. A “No” vote is a vote against the tax. This measure would be approved if it receives a simple majority of “Yes” votes.
- Stanislaus County department of elections website
- Smartvoter.org, California, Stanislaus County
- Stanislaws County voter pamphlet, including full text of each measure