How to help the homeless?

Robb Davis suggested a parcel tax to handle the growing homeless/transient population at the first City Council candidates debate. Please see the following report from The Davis Enterprise:

“(Kemble) Pope asked Davis how he would address an increased homeless population in the city. Davis said the homeless population was once largely the business of Yolo County, but with state cuts and lower revenues, the county has pulled back, leaving holes.

” ‘How are we plugging the holes? Poorly,’ Davis said, adding that methamphetamine addiction is driving the homeless problem and, without a solution, it will get worse. ‘It’s time for us to have a parcel tax, even if it’s a small amount, for these issues.’ ”

I respectfully ask that Davis clarify how much this would be and where the money would be spent.

I also implore residents to read the city of Davis police daily arrest and call log in order to absorb the impact the growing transient population is having on our parks and businesses.

Caring for those in dire need is, without question, a hallmark of a compassionate community. However, balance is key here.

Rachel Kraynak

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