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San Francisco Bay Area Voters Back Taxes for Child Care, Education

June 7, 2018, 4:25 PM

Child care and schools were winners at the June 5 ballot, with San Francisco Bay Area voters approving parcel and sales taxes.

The approvals come as cities and counties in the region increasingly are strained to provide services amid a growing population. Governments also are constrained by structural limitations under state propositions limiting how much governmental entities can levy and requiring two-thirds voter approval.

The two-thirds requirement for special taxes, with funds going to a specified purpose, is one obstacle for proponents. Another issue for governments seeking more money is the shrinking sales tax base due to more consumption of ...