The citizens of Salida are not asking to be annexed into the City of Modesto as other unincorporated county islands are like Parklawn wishes to do. The annexation of Salida is being driven by Modesto Mayor Garrad Marsh and other Modesto politicians who want to seize control of the land surrounding the Highway 99 Hammett Road off-ramps (pictured above) which is currently in developer and zoning agreements under the Salida Community Plan. If Modesto annexes Salida, the developer agreements are shortened from 25 years to 8 years, and Mayor Marsh has already stated that he intends to change the Salida Community Plan to tailor it to Modesto's desires.
The County of Stanislaus and the City of Modesto have already spent $60,000 of taxpayer dollars on a fiscal study to determine how much it will cost Modesto to annex Salida. The current "asking price" that the City of Modesto wants Stanislaus County to pay for Salida is $2.7 million.
Just as was the case with the 1996 annexation attempt, the majority of Salidans do not want to be annexed to Modesto. For the County and City to proceed is a financial boondoggle that will only continue to hurt the taxpayers of Stanislaus County and the City of Modesto. Salidans do NOT want any more taxpayer dollars wasted on this endeavor and plan to file for a binding petition to stop the annexation. A binding petition will cost the petitioners, but the non-binding Advisory Vote that Mayor Marsh wants to do will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. If the annexation of Salida to Modesto went through, Modesto voters would still have to vote and approve to extend sewer service to Salida. The cost of that Measure M vote alone would cost taxpayers between $93,000 - $150,000 and there's no guarantee that the vote would pass.
Salida needs all active registered voters to sign the binding petition once it begins to circulate. In the meantime, whether you are a registered voter or not, or a resident of Salida or not, you are welcome to sign this petition to make your voice heard to Mayor Marsh, the Modesto City Council and the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.
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