EUREKA- To increase the Humboldt County General Fund, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisor’s will discuss placing a local tax measure on the November ballot.
On Tuesday, the board will hear from staff about two ways to increase revenues. The first being a sales tax, and the other a utility user tax, which would apply to residential customers using excessive amounts of energy. At the meeting, the board plans to gather public comment and here from county staff. In the end, the decision will be up to the voters.
"Nobody likes taxes, I hate taxes there’s no doubt about it. But we love sheriffs, we love roads without potholes, we love providing services for our people, and we love having an animal shelter. But those things all cost money, because we have to staff them. We have to provide benefits for our staff, and we have to provide living wage jobs for our staff. So it's a real fine line when we try and figure out how we will pay for it, without saddling out there the people in the county."
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisor’s meeting is Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the 5th Street Courthouse in Eureka.