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Your Voice, Your Vote: Measure 102 - Affordable Housing

If passed, local governments could partner with nonprofits or private businesses for housing projects, which isn’t allowed right now.

Posted: Oct 26, 2018 7:04 PM
Updated: Oct 26, 2018 7:04 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- One of the hot button topics on the ballot for the upcoming election is Measure 102, which deals with affordable housing.

If passed, local governments could partner with nonprofits or private businesses for housing projects, which currently isn’t allowed.

KEZI 9 News spoke with Darcy Phillips, the executive director of Cornerstone Community Housing. She believes Lane County is facing a huge housing crisis and that something needs to be done.

Phillips said six in 10 renters are "cost-burdened" in Lane County, which means they pay more than 30 percent of their income for rent.

Under state law, even if Measure 102 does pass, local governments would still need voters to approve individuals’ projects.

“A bond if we were able to pass that is a fair way of funding affordable housing,” Phillips said. “It's not a tax purely on one sector or one industry it would be across the board and our community would step up and the dollars would stay local which is really important."

While those supporting Measure 102 said it would help with affordable housing, those against it are worried about where the money would come from.

Stay with KEZI 9 News leading up to the election and on Election Day for the latest about the races and measures that matter to you. Watch KEZI 9 News at 4 and 11 p.m. on Nov. 6 and follow KEZI on Facebook and Twitter.

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