Prop. 5 will free homes and help empty-nesters

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

While the Mer­cury News does not sup­port Propo­si­tion 5, I do and I think most cur­rent and prospec­tive home­own­ers should sup­port it.

One ma­jor rea­son hous­ing is so ex­pen­sive is the lack of sup­ply. Lack of sup­ply is the re­sult, in large part, of tax dis­in­cen­tives for chang­ing one’s hous­ing as cir­cum­stances change.

To free up hous­ing in the Bay Area, all home­own­ers, but es­pe­cially older ones, need more in­cen­tives to move into hous­ing ap­pro­pri­ate for their needs and make room for work­ing fam­i­lies to oc­cupy large sin­gle-fam­ily res­i­dences that are im­prac­ti­cal for empty-nesters.

Prop. 5 will re­duce ex­treme com­mutes and should take some pres­sure off the tight hous­ing sup­ply. Other lo­cal­i­ties in Cal­i­for­nia may not ben­e­fit as much as the Bay Area, but here it will be a huge boon to work­ing fam­i­lies and that’s why I sup­port Prop. 5. — Chris Wiegel, Santa Clara

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