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Proposition 1 on California’s March ballot proposes a $6.38 billion bond aimed at addressing homelessness and mental health crisis.  (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily ɫ̳/SCNG)
Proposition 1 on California’s March ballot proposes a $6.38 billion bond aimed at addressing homelessness and mental health crisis. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily ɫ̳/SCNG)
Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a city editor with the Orange County Register. She previously served as the editor in chief of The Missouri Times, overseeing print, television, and newsletter coverage of the State Capitol. Throughout her career, Kaitlyn has covered political campaigns across the U.S., including the 2016 presidential election, and humanitarian aid efforts in Africa and the Middle East. She studied journalism at Winthrop University in South Carolina.Author
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The political debate over Proposition 1 is turning out to be a nail biter, with the latest statewide ballot count showing voters are evenly split on the idea of using millionaire tax money to help the homeless.

Propelled by Gov. Gavin ɫ̳om, a nearly $6.4 billion bond for facilities for mental health or substance abuse treatment. And while the first rounds of vote tabulations after polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, Proposition 1 heading toward narrow but clear approval, the most recent vote count shows the gap has narrowed.

ɫ̳om argues Proposition 1 will give the state a great tool in fighting homelessness, an issue that many voters rank as one of the state’s biggest problems.

Critics of Proposition 1, including many who provide services for the homeless and the , say it’s too rigid, and will push counties to spend money in ways that might not be appropriate for that community.

It is not entirely a new tax. Instead, Proposition 1 would refocus money generated by the so-called millionaire tax that was approved by California voters in 2004. That tax, which generates up to $3.5 billion a year, provides about a third of the state’s overall mental health budget.

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If Proposition 1 passes, counties would be required to spend most of that money on housing and programs for homeless people who are battling mental illnesses or substance addiction. It would generate 4,350 housing units (half aimed at veterans), as well as 6,800 in-patient spaces for mental health services and another 26,700 slots for outpatient treatment, according to the .

The cost would run about $310 million a year for 30 years.

This is only an early projection of returns; results will continue to be tallied throughout Tuesday night and will be updated every weekday until all ballots are counted. Continue to check back here for updates.

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