SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco voters have approved an increase in taxes on the city's largest businesses that will nearly double the budget for homelessness care services, a measure seen as an effort to hold the most prosperous technology companies accountable to exacerbate the crisis local real estate.
Technology executives poured money into campaigns for and against the measure. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and the payments company Square, spent $ 125,000 to oppose, while Marc Benioff, Salesforce's CEO, spent $ 2 million to support him. Salesforce contributed $ 5 million to the campaign to promote the initiative, known as Proposition C.
Mr. Benioff and Mr. Dorsey fired on Twitter against the Proposition C in October, fueling a debate that went through the tech industry in the period before the election. The battle continued in the days before the vote, with Mark Pincus, the co-founder of the online gaming company Zynga, tweeting On Saturday Proposition C is the "stupidest, least thought" initiative and asks its followers to vote against.
Mr. Benioff claimed that the San Francisco companies needed to take on a more aggressive role in managing the city's homelessness crisis.
"What we do is important and we can improve the world," Benioff said. "We can not just be part of the problem."
The final results showed that three out of five people who voted supported the measure.
"I think what was so incredible to this extent is that we have witnessed an overwhelming amount of support from the community," said Sam Lew, the campaign manager for the initiative. "If there is a legal challenge, there will be thousands of Saint Franciscans who will fight against it".
Opponents of the measure can challenge the results. A Supreme Court of State Last year's ruling raised doubts that tax increases proposed by voters for specific causes required the same two-thirds majority of that proposed by elected officials.
The San Francisco City Attorney's Office is currently seeking a court order to resolve the confusion by asking the City Superior Court to state that increases in special taxes proposed by voters can be approved by a simple majority vote .
Jess Montejano, spokesperson for the No on C campaign, expressed confidence that the inability of Proposition C to reach the two-thirds threshold meant that it would never come into force.
"Despite spending the No on C campaign at least four to one, the Yes on C campaign failed to gain the necessary two-thirds support in San Francisco to see a penny promised by Proposition C," said Montejano.