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L.A. County voters to decide on parks tax, possible homeless tax in November

L.A. County voters to decide on parks tax, possible homeless tax in November

Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to ask voters to raise their property taxes to pay for park projects and to consider another funding measure to pay for homeless services.

The parks measure would impose a 1.5-cent levy per square foot of building area – about $22.50 a year for a 1,500-square-foot house – and bring in $94.5 million a year, without an end date. 

The initiative is the county’s second recent attempt at persuading voters to tax themselves for park improvements. A proposed $23 parcel tax for park projects intended to replace expiring parks taxes passed in 1992 and 1995 failed narrowly in 2014....

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