Mountain View to Decide Whether to Tax Google, Other Tech

Voters in the city of Mountain View will decide whether Google and other tech companies should help pay for the traffic headaches and other problems that have arisen as their workforces have swelled during the past decade.

The city council in Mountain View voted Tuesday evening to place a measure on the November ballot asking residents to authorize taxing businesses between $9 and $149 per employee.

The Mercury News in San Jose, California, reports Wednesday that if the measure passes, the tax could generate about $6 million a year for the city, with $3.3 million coming from Google alone.

The bulk of that money would pay for transit projects, and 10 percent would go toward providing affordable housing and homeless services.

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