- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a spending plan for millions of dollars from a special sales tax to pay for homeless services.

Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to accept virtually all recommendations of a planning committee on how to divide nearly $259 million projected in the first year of Measure H. The measure asking for a quarter-cent sales tax increase was approved by county voters in March.

It will provide rental subsidies, case management and mental health services for homeless people.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/2saRD8I ) the board sidestepped the only contentious issue, whether to provide $1.2 million to the Sheriff’s Department to beef up its homeless outreach team.

The newspaper says Measure H is projected to raise about $355 million annually for 10 years.

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