Proposal to increase tax for homeless and housing programs in San Diego moves forward

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A City of San Diego ballot measure that would increase funding for homeless and housing programs moved forward Wednesday afternoon.

The proposal would increase the existing transient occupancy tax from 10.5 cents to 11.5 cents to provide funding for the programs.

Currently, the tax is paid by visitors to hotels, campgrounds and other lodging facilities within the city.

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The measure is accompanied by a companion measure that asks whether voters would advise the Mayor and Council to use the revenue to implement programs that would address homelessness.

If approved by the San Diego City Council, the measure will be placed on the November 2018 ballot. If voters approve both measures, the city will add the tax increase.

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