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Stockton voters on Tuesday approved a ¾ percent sales tax increase that will raise an estimated $28 million a year to pay for more police officers and to help the city pay down its debt and emerge from bankruptcy.
Measure A passed 53-47 percent. Its companion measure, Measure B which will give residents a say in how the money raised is spent, passed 60-40 percent.
Turnout for the election on the controversial measure was low, just 21 percent.
In Modesto, the measure that would raise the sales tax there by 1 percent was failing by fewer than 300 votes. That tax increase would pay for public safety if it passes.
Measure X has 8,464 votes against and 8,170 for. Mayor Garrad Marsh told the Modesto Bee the election was too close to call and it might be Friday before it’s decided.
Turnout for that election was also low with just 16.61 percent of registered voters casting a ballot.