STOCKTON, CA - The San Joaquin Taxpayers Association filed papers Friday with the Stockton City Clerk to get tax opposition language onto the November ballot.
The group is opposed to the city's proposal to raise the sales tax by 3/4 cent to help the city work on it's debts, while hiring more police officers.
"The city is making promises they're under no obligation to keep at all," association President David Renison said.
Renison and three other members of the group spoke outside Stockton City Hall after delivering their opposition papers to the city.
"How can we possibly trust city hall at this time? We have a long history of city hall wasting money," former council member Dale Fritchen said.
But City Manager Bob Deis said current council members have proven their willingness to make tough financial decisions to get Stockton on the right path, the tax should be approved.
"The last three years I've been here, the council has been very conservative with finances on a reform effort that's been painful. What they've done the last three years, the city should be proud of," Deis said.
The sales tax proposal would raise about $28 million through a 3/4 cent increase. City leaders have said about two thirds would be spent on law enforcement hires, with the other third helping to reduce city debts.
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