San Fran seeks $20M to extend homeless program with $60K cost per tent, round the clock security

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Officials in San Francisco, which last year spiked taxes on business owners and property owners, are now seeking to use over $15 million in taxpayer funds to continue providing housing, food, and easy living to the city’s homeless for at least two more years.

The city already spent $18.2 million during fiscal year 2020 to maintain 260 homeless tents at a price of $70,000 per tent, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“The city has six so-called ‘safe sleeping villages,’ where homeless people sleep in tents and also receive three meals a day, around-the-clock security, bathrooms and showers,” the Chronicle notes.

Keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of Americans don’t benefit from round-the-clock security because they can’t afford such luxuries.

The “villages” were set up amid the height of the coronavirus pandemic last year:

According to the Chronicle, officials in the radically far-left city would now like more money to extend the program through fiscal year 2021-2022, which is set to begin on July 1st.

“The department is now asking the city for $15 million in the upcoming fiscal year for a similar number of tents, which amounts to about $57,000 per tent per year,” the Chronicle notes.

If the funding is approved, San Francisco will pay about twice the median cost of a one-bedroom apartment for people to sleep in tents for the second year in a row.”

The only potential good news for taxpayers is that this program is supposed to finally be shuttered by the end of 2022-2023, when the price tag is allegedly set to drop to only $5 million in total.

What remains unclear is whether the program will ever actually be shuttered. What has critics feeling concerned and doubtful is this attempt to procure more money for a pandemic program when the pandemic is already effectively over.

“Several supervisors said at a Wednesday budget hearing that the cost must be re-examined, especially as the city winds down its COVID-19 emergency response,” according to the Chronicle.

“It is a big deal to have showers and bathrooms, and I don’t dispute that. But the cost just doesn’t make any sense,” city supervisor Hillary Ronen reportedly said at Wednesday’s meeting.

Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, agreed, adding that it’s an “exorbitant” price to spend on what’s supposed to be an outgoing program.

That being said, the costs of this program account “for only a fraction of the more-than $1 billion that the city expects to spend on homelessness over the next two years,” according to the Chronicle.

As crazy as this sounds, THIS is what the city’s residents have voted for time and time again, including last November.

“More than 65% of voters approved placing a new additional tax on San Francisco businesses that report CEO compensation that is more than 100 times the median compensation paid to employees,” as reported by Investopedia after the 2020 election.

“In addition, more than 68% of voters agreed to a business tax overhaul that will lead to a higher tax rate for many tech companies, and nearly 58% of voters supported a higher real estate transfer tax on property sales worth at least $10 million.”

While the tax hikes ostensibly only affect the wealthy, it’s an economic truth that taxes are always passed down to consumers.

San Francisco’s extremely left-wing citizens are also responsible for the 2018 homeless tax that’s being used to fund the “safe sleeping villages.”

During the 2018 election, a similar 60 percent majority of Bay Area voters approved Proposition C, a tax designed to fund more programs for the homeless.

“Proposition C will increase gross receipts taxes for companies with more than $50 million in annual revenue by an average of 0.5 percent, generating up to $300 million a year to combat the city’s homelessness crisis through initiatives like new beds in shelters and increased mental health services,” CNBC reported at the time.

Ironically, the homeless whom Bay Area voters have voted to bless with their own tax money have over time become their biggest bane because of their incessantly bad behavior, including their public pooping and their public intoxication.

“San Francisco confronts surging crime, drugs and homelessness as it tries to bounce back from Covid-19,” a blunt CNN headline published earlier in the week reads.

Meanwhile, a poll conducted by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce this week found out most “San Franciscans feel that crime and homelessness have gotten way worse,” as reported by local station KRON.

It’s almost as if the city’s left-wing programs aren’t working …

But instead of voting for and trying something new, the city’s ideologically rigid voters continue to choose this as their fate. As the saying goes, elections have consequences.


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