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News - November 4, 2011

Split council dumps affordable housing fee

by Daniel DeBolt

On Tuesday the City Council had its most intense disagreement in recent memory when members split over whether to pursue a new affordable housing fee for developers.

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Posted by Patriot, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

City council rejects Socialism. There is hope.

Posted by Lori Abrahamsohn, a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I applaud council members Bryant, Kasperzak and Macias for wanting to build more housing that is affordable in Mountain View. We need affordable housing, especially apartments,if we want Mountain View to be a welcoming, diverse community in which young families, college students, senior citizens, new immigrants, restaurant workers, health care aides, retail employees and others earning lower wages can afford to live.

Posted by why???, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 3, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Why two identical articles?

Posted by Amanda Que, a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 4, 2011 at 7:59 am

The parcel tax idea is less fair than a direct fee to developers. Homeowners should not have to subsidize developers' profits through a parcel tax. Developers will assure themselves profit, fee or no fee. A fee to developers is the most fair to the community.

Posted by insanity!, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 4, 2011 at 8:50 am

ugh. not this cr@p again. If you want to tax a private business, tax them. But a parcel tax to fund BMR housing is no more subsidizing developer profit than a resident's donation to a food bank is subsidizing Safeway's profits. Why is it the developer's responsibility to ensure sufficient BMR housing exists in the community?

Posted by Tom, a resident of Castro City
on Nov 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

Just because Simon Legree could supply affordable housing to his servants, should we supply affordable housing to our servant class?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

Not everyone living in Mtn View has a large and glorious salary. Some of us get by on very modest incomes. Why should we be taxed to subsidize people choosing a lifestyle they cannot afford?

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