As a result of many months (and years) of hard work, the council directed staff to move forward with both a pubic safety and affordable housing measure this fall and February of 2018. There are pro's and con's to having a ballot measure in February, but we remain optimistic that the public will support both. A sales tax for housing will be indefinite funds vs. a property tax which would have a sunset of 7 or 10 years. It also draws on regional support, which appeals to some councilmembers and the public. In addition, having both measures increased support on council to being unanimous.
Thank you to everyone who showed up at the City Council meetings to testify and show your support. Because of your efforts, the City Council is moving forward to address homelessness!
Be sure to email the City Council and thank them for moving forward with this important action: firstname.lastname@example.org