Measure I on the Nov. 3 ballot asks voters in the Marinwood Community Services District to extend its $189-per-year parcel tax for parks, open space and maintaining street landscaping to households in apartments.
The measure closes a loophole in the tax, which charged some multi-unit housing, but not others. It changes the language from “per parcel” to “per unit.”
To Measure I’s opponents, the tax is a disguised attempt to build a financial hurdle for construction of affordable housing by applying the yearly charge to developments’ ongoing costs.
They may be right, but the district should address support for affordable housing with a follow-up provision — probably when it seeks the next increase — that enables the district to waive or reduce the fee for housing where rents are kept well below market prices. See the Article HERE