Observer News | By Salena Pryor, October 27, 2020

The pandemic has worsened the financial situations of millions of families- especially in the Black community – in California and the attempts at the federal, state, and local level to provide resources and assistance have been staggered due to shrinking budgets and the unprecedented nature of this novel situation.  

What we really need to revive our communities are robust programs like funding for education, healthcare and homeless programs, affordable housing, food assistance, and funding that stays local. But the unfortunate reality is that these services are the first to be cut from bleeding city and county budgets. 

However, there is a ballot measure this year that will provide the chance to replenish some of the budget deficits the state and local governments are facing. Proposition 19 will be on the November ballot, and is the best chance we have to recover from the ongoing financial and housing crises. 

Proposition 19 will benefit everyone, and homeowners in our community will be treated fairly. It provides housing relief for homeowners, increased funding for school districts that our children attend which leads to better educational outcomes, and funnels more money into the local community which can help Black-owned small businesses and increase the overall health of our community.  

In our experience, it is rare to see this kind of funding stay local because it is often spread so thin that it never reaches the people and programs that are most in need. However, Proposition 19 is different. The measure is expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in property tax revenue that will go straight to counties and cities to help our communities. 

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