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San Francisco Wants To Solve Its Poop Problem With A ‘Homelessness Tax’

It may cost millions for San Francisco to address its massive homeless problem, and the city, famous for having some of the highest rents in the country, has only one idea on how to make up the shortfall: raise taxes.

The tax, which will likely be on the ballot as San Francisco’s “Proposition 9,” is a so-called “head tax” that charges businesses operating within a city’s limits a “per-employee” charge to help cover some of the city’s expenses.

The money, in San Francisco’s case, would go towards covering the cost of clearing poop from the city’s streets, shutting down a massive “open air drug market” that’s popped up in the city’s “Tenderloin” neighborhood, and housing homeless individuals.

Seattle famously passed a similar “head tax” measure earlier this year and then promptly repealed it after big corporations like Amazon pointed out that the city was punishing businesses with a policy that had no marked effect on curbing homelessness. Although Seattle has dramatically increased spending on the issue in recent years, homelessness in Seattle has only increased.

In San Francisco, ABC News reports, social activists are hell-bent on punishing the big tech companies they believe are responsible for a population boom that’s driven people onto the street. But San Francisco already spends more than $380 million on homelessness to no avail, and opponents of the tax say the measure would merely double that spending without adding any additional accountability.

Part of the problem is that San Francisco is unwilling to change some of the basic aspects of city governance that led to the homeless problem. The number of homeless individuals on San Francisco streets hasn’t increased in several years, but when the homeless began forming “tent cities,” activists blocked the city from cleaning out the encampments, and, in fact, made life worse, passing out free tents to people living on the city’s streets.

And residents of those tent cities aren’t particularly interested in moving into city-subsidized housing or moving on from San Francisco. The best San Francisco can do is clean up after them.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. stevor

    October 16, 2018 at 1:41 am

    how about a brainless tax?

    • Mark Roberson

      October 16, 2018 at 1:45 am

      SF govt couldn’t have a brainless tax. It would raise way too much money and they wouldn’t kow what to do with that either.

  2. quasimodo

    October 16, 2018 at 4:35 am

    soon all the american citizens who are business owners will be driven out of california and all the normal people who want to work will follow them and california will be a state filled with those who refuse to work or are illegal immigrants who dont pay tax’s, who will pay for the poop squad then?

  3. IMJustice

    October 16, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    You know what’s funny about California?
    I live on the east coast, and when I meet someone who
    moves here from California, they are all reluctant to
    ever say anything bad about it. Go figure!

    To me, just another place on the list of cities, towns,
    or states Democratically run right into the ground.
    For a lot of reasons too.

  4. Gigi

    October 16, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    All those great socialist ideas the Democrats are espousing need to be first tried in California to show how successful they can be like universal health care, subsidized income, open borders, free college for everyone. Oh wait,they have. How’s that working out for you California?

  5. Dragonfly43

    October 16, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I lived in California for over fifty-years and left ten-years-ago. Best decision I ever made. The only thing I miss are my kids, grandkids, and the weather. Everything else has gone to hell! They are taxing people to death and running business out of there. I had a friend who lost a big construction project years ago because they found a beetle on the property. The land is still sitting vacant and no one can build on it. It cost the construction owner, his employees, the company who owned the land, and the State because they won’t collect taxes on a now worthless piece of land. They can thank the Democrats because that’s how they run the everything…..Into the ground!

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