Opinion: Raising taxes to reduce homelessness isn’t the solution

A vehicle drives past an encampment along the Story Road on-ramp to U.S. Highway 101 in San Jose. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

In November 2016, Santa Clara County voters passed Measure A, a $950 million property tax increase for housing. Campaign advertisements promised the tax increase would generate 4,800 housing units in 10 years, targeting vulnerable individuals such as the chronically homeless. A recent county auditor’s report determined “the program has not been effective in accomplishing its mission” and “will be unable to meet its goal of providing 4,800 units,” as only 214 housing units had been completed.

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