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WITHROW TOO LATE TO ABSTAIN

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Withrow too late to abstain

Supervisor Terry Withrow is too late to abstain on the vote to support the downtown Modesto community benefit district.

He has already voted by investing $1000 in the NEW CITY CLUB, which is a group that organized and created the community benefit district.

The new city club will have its own boundaries, its own police force, it’s own rules and regulations, and will eventually have access to $1 million a year, in assessments on property owners.

After the district is approved and taxes are collected Withrow’s $1000 contribution will be returned.

Other club members will also have their money returned by taxpayers in the district.

Although the County and the city do not pay taxes on our buildings, they have agreed that they will voluntarily give tax payers money to the new city club.

Public properties will also be allowed to vote for the new city club, giving those in favor of the new city, a 15% head start in the vote.

Property owners are being asked to vote a second ballot because of a “technical error” with the first ballot.

We don’t know what was wrong with the first ballot,, we do know that Chamber of Commerce Pres. Dave Gianelli is making phone calls seeking support for the new city.

Finally, deputy city manager Brent Sinclair was asked for a list of the members of the new city club and their contribution. (INVESTMENTS)

Sinclair claimed that he needed 14 days to provide that information.

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