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Santa Clara County Considers Measure to Improve Housing

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(AP) - Santa Clara County leaders are considering a measure that would provide up to $950 million to address the lack of housing.
 
KCBS-TV reports that the county's board of supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether the proposal should be on voters' ballots in November.
 
Santa Clara County board president Dave Cortese says the measure would be funded through a property tax of $12.66 on every $100,000 in the assessed value of a home. He says the program could bring 2,000 households to the county and ease freeway congestion.
 
He says he'd like to see $700 million of the total directed to extremely low-income and homeless people.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo says the measure could "change the narrative" and help the more than 4,000 homeless people in his city.