Sales Tax Measure to Aid L.A. County Homeless Placed on March Ballot

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After listening to a cavalcade of speakers praise them for a vote they hadn’t yet taken, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously placed a quarter-cent sales tax proposal on the March ballot to fund homeless programs.

Supporters of the homeless tax ballot measure hold signs. (Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

Supporters of the homeless tax ballot measure hold signs. (Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

The five supervisors voted with little comment on the measure, which is expected to raise about $355 million a year over its 10-year lifespan if it gains the two-thirds majority required. Instead, they left the talking to nearly 100 speakers who came to promote the homeless tax.

The measure is intended to provide the final piece of the funding that county and L.A. city officials say is needed to address the homeless encampments that have proliferated across the region.

County officials described the sales tax as a complement to the $1.2-billion general obligation bond measure approved by Los Angeles city voters last month.

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