Ballot Initiative To Raise Sales Tax To Build Mental Health Facilities Deemed ‘Unrealistic’
The ballot measure would not fund any services or pay for operating facilities, and some are concerned it would thus create “an excessive unnecessary burden” to the county’s finances.
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Mendocino County Mental Health Advocates Torn On Mental Health Facilities Tax
Advocates of a Mendocino County ballot measure that would raise sales tax rates countywide by a half-percent for five years, creating some $37 million to build mental health and drug rehabilitation facilities, agree additional mental health services are needed. What they disagree about, though, is whether Measure AG is the way to go about accomplishing that. The ballot measure would not fund any services or pay for operating facilities. The county would be on the hook for both, potentially generating a $5 million county bill annually, a financial report commissioned by the county has found. (Anderson, 10/13)