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San Francisco Voters Reject Sales Tax Hike To Fund Homeless Services, Transportation

KCBS_740SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) -- San Francisco voters rejected a sales tax increase that was designed to fund services they said they wanted.

Propositions J and K were companion measures, with one setting aside $150 million for transportation and homeless services, and the other raising the money with a sales tax increase.

But when voters rejected the sales tax, they put those services in question. Supervisor Aaron Peskin said to save them now, the board will have to revisit the budget.

"The budget was going to be balanced on a tax the voters had not yet approved. The voters of San Francisco rejected that tax. We're going to have to adjust the budget, and make mid-year budget cuts," Peskin said

San Francisco voters were willing to tax themselves - or at least property owners - when it came to funding City College, with a parcel tax and with an increase in the transfer tax for properties worth more than $5 million.

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