Bay Area counties ask taxpayers for $20B for affordable housing – The San Francisco Standard

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Convincing voters that a tax hike is the solution is no easy task. For example, Proposition 1, a statewide $6.4 billion mental health initiative championed by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this year, passed by a slim margin of only 25,000 votes. 

The San Francisco Association of Realtors, which typically opposes property tax hikes, did not respond to a request for comment. Of note, in its March voter guide, the body wrote “no endorsement” next to Proposition A, a local affordable housing bond, which passed with a 70% vote. 

Between now and November, the coalition that shaped the BAHFA bond will now have to go about the work of selling it to voters. 

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