Proposal to Split Cop Tax Among Landlords and Renters Fails

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The Oakland proposal to hike property taxes and hire more cops seems unlikely to pass, in the ambivalence reported in this Oakland Tribune story is any indication. Measure NN would ultimately extract $276 a year from the owners of each single-family home, with multi-unit and commercial properties being assessed according to a different formula. The money would hire about 105 additional police officers, and a smaller number of support staff. But support on the City Council is split, with Ignacio De la Fuente arguing that city residents can't afford a new tax in the current economic climate. A proposal to split the burden of paying the tax fifty-fifty between landlords and renters of rent-controlled properties died in committee. Since the measure needs more than two-thirds of the vote to pass, such ambivalence is probably fatal.

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