Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Ballot Could Include Tax Measure for Homeless Services||
By Jonathan Friedman
July 11, 2016 -- A tax to support countywide homeless services could be one of several tax measures on the ballot in November for Santa Monica voters.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider one of several options at its meeting on Tuesday.
Supervisors Sheila Kuehl, a Santa Monica resident whose district includes this city, and Mark Ridley-Thomas, proposed lobbying the State.
Homelessness has long been an issue in Santa Monica, and the City government has worked with nonprofit groups to reduce the ranks of those living on streets over the years.
That number was down from 915 individuals counted in 2009 ( "Half of Street Homeless Live Downtown," March 19, 2009).
The homeless services measure would be the third tax proposal placed on the November ballot for voters in Los Angeles County.
Meanwhile, the City of Santa Monica also has proposed a half-cent sales tax along with a non-binding measure that would ask if voters want the money to support the local school district and affordable housing programs.
In addition, Santa Monica College is asking voters to support a measure for a $345 million bond to pay for facilities improvements ("$345 Million Santa Monica College Bond Measure Placed on Ballot," July 7, 2016).
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