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MARSH AND LOPEZ APPROVE ASSESSMENT TAXES

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Candidates for Mayor, Garrad Marsh and Dave Lopez have voted to give more tax money to some of the same people who were involved in  SCAP and Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

“Mayor Garrad Marsh said he was pleased with the outcome but said he understands there are those who are not. He said local government is part of downtown and is paying the assessment just like all other property owners within the district.

The impetus to create the district came out of the Downtown Modesto Partnership – a group of property and business owners, downtown supporters and the city and county – to find a way to improve the city center. Some of those involved in the effort include Gallo Center for the Arts CEO Lynn Dickerson, attorney Dave Gianelli and Ryan Swehla with the commercial real estate firm NAI Benchmark.

A nonprofit will be formed to manage the community benefit district. Assessments are expected to go out later this year, and the district is expected to provide services in 2016.”

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