ModBee: Housing Shortage Sets Up Battle Over Land-Use Control

ModBee: Housing Shortage Sets Up Battle Over Land-Use Control
May 23, 2016 Peter

8Once upon a time, California city officials used two tools to shape how their communities evolved – setting property tax rates and controlling land use. The former vanished when voters passed Proposition 13 in 1978, not only cutting property taxes by more than half, but sharply limiting future tax bites. In response, city officials relied more on land use to keep municipal engines running – aggressively seeking profitable development, such as sales tax-generating retail complexes, and using, or misusing, “redevelopment” to subsidize favored developers.

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