The Boston City Council today approved a measure that will ask voters in November to add a 1% surcharge to annual property-tax bills for a fund to pay for more housing for seniors, veterans and low-income residents and for improvements to and expansions of city parks and open space.
The proposed Community Preservation Act measure now goes to Mayor Walsh, who recently said he supports the measure.
Officials estimate the measure would bring in $16.5 million a year.
Only City Councilor Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) voted against the idea. "I believe we as a city rely too much on property tax for our revenue," he said.
He also objected to the "anomaly" of letting voters, rather than elected officials, make decisions on tax issues.