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  • Click here to read Modesto Bee article on Sate of the City address 

  • Click here to read the full text of the Mayor’s State of the City address.


Mayor Marsh calls for temporary half-cent sales tax to fund public safety

 Feb. 7, 2013

Dear MPOA Members and Supporters: 

In his State of the City address on Feb. 6, 2013, Mayor Garrad Marsh called for considering a temporary half-cent sale tax increase, which would end after a set number of years. He told the Modesto Bee such a tax could raise about $13 million annually for public safety. 

Here is what we know so far about his proposal: 

  • The tax would let the city hire about 60 additional police officers, 12 community service officers and 21 firefighters.

  • The mayor said the city would establish an oversight committee to track how the tax money was spent. He emphasized that the tax would be for new public-safety hires and initiatives.

  • The tax would fund new initiatives such as installing surveillance cameras in city parks and hiring private security to patrol neighborhoods that agree to establish Neighborhood Watch programs.

Marsh envisions placing the tax on the November ballot. But first the seven-member City Council would have to vote to place the tax on the ballot.  A sales tax dedicated to public safety would require two-thirds voter approval.  

We agree with Mayor Marsh when he says, “It is time to give Chief Galen Caroll enough tools to make our city safer.”  We will be hearing much more about this proposal in the months ahead. There are many questions that need to be answered whenever Modesto citizens are asked to pay more in taxes. MPOA will be fully engaged in this process in the months ahead. 

We owe it to the citizens of Modesto have a full and healthy debate on this proposal. Mayor Marsh put it well when he said, “It is time we as a community stopped being spectators and become active participants in making a better Modesto.”

As always, I invite your questions and comments about this important issue. 


Tony Arguelles, President
Modesto Police Officers Association



The Modesto Police Officers Association is a non-profit organization that represents 198 sworn men and women of the Modesto Police Department.  We have three main functions as a Police Association.

  • To protect the rights of our members and provide them with the best possible legal representation.
  • To negotiate for adequate benefits and competitive wages.
  • To support our community through donations to local programs and worthwhile charities.  

Modesto Police Officers Association
1300 G Street, Suite #200
Modesto, CA 95354
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