Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers OK $6 bil­lion in bonds to fund af­ford­able hous­ing

Porterville Recorder - - STATE - By SOPHIA BOLLAG,

LOS AN­GE­LES — Cal­i­for­nia vot­ers au­tho­rized $6 bil­lion in bond fund­ing for af­ford­able hous­ing as the state faces a se­vere short­age of homes.

Propo­si­tion 1 passed Wed­nes­day with 54 per­cent sup­port. The mea­sure au­tho­rizes $4 bil­lion in general obli­ga­tion bonds to house low-in­come peo­ple and veterans. The money will be re­paid over time with in­ter­est.

It joins Propo­si­tion 2 that passed by a wider mar­gin and au­tho­rizes $2 bil­lion in bond fund­ing to house men­tally ill home­less peo­ple.

Law­mak­ers ap­proved those bonds in 2016, plan­ning to re­pay them with funds from a tax on mil­lion­aires that vot­ers ap­proved in 2004. The gover­nor and law­mak­ers de­cided to take the is­sue to vot­ers when the funds be­came tied up in court by plain­tiffs who said the tax was to fund men­tal health ser­vices, not hous­ing.

The mea­sures were de­signed to ease Cal­i­for­nia's hous­ing short­age and high rates of home­less­ness. A third mea­sure aimed at the hous­ing cri­sis by al­low­ing more rent con­trol, Propo­si­tion 10, failed by a wide mar­gin.

Out­go­ing Gov. Jerry Brown cheered the pas­sage of the bond mea­sures, al­though he noted the state has a lot of work to do on hous­ing and men­tal health is­sues.

"There's a lot there for the next gover­nor and the next Leg­is­la­ture to work on, and the lo­cal may­ors," he said at a Wed­nes­day news con­fer­ence. "We got some more money, but that's by no means the end of the story."

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