Voters turn away from tax on vacant homes | Local News


Half Moon Bay City Council is looking for ways to increase the stock of affordable housing, but it is unlikely to make much headway doing so in the November poll.

Last week, the city council reviewed the results of a poll that asked voters about two possible ballot measures intended to increase affordability and services in Half Moon Bay. One was an annual plot tax on homes left vacant for more than 120 days, or about four months a year. The idea was that a tax on so-called second or vacation homes would discourage buyers from buying or owning them, thereby creating more housing available for full-time renters. City staff said the tax would have applied to 264 units and funded housing projects and workforce assistance programs. The proposed rate was set at $6,000 per year for single-family homes and $3,000 for condominiums.

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