County-wide one half cent sales tax now in effect

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EUREKA- Humboldt County residents and visitors will now be paying more at the check out, all in the name of safety. Measure Z, the county's new one-half cent sales tax, went into effect Wednesday.

The tax applies to all goods, excluding prescription medicine and food purchased as groceries. It is estimated to bring in $8.8 million.

A Measure Z Citizens Advisory Committee is currently in the process of reviewing 47 applications for funding, totaling more than $18 million. The committee will make their selections by May 6 and present them to the Board of Supervisors.

"Rest assured the majority of that money will be directly into public safety, be it police, Sheriff's in this case, fire departments, Mental Health, as well as the D.A. and Probation," Measure Z Citizens Advisory Committee Chair Mike Newman said. "There may be some auxiliary things, small things that could be coming out of that but that I can only speculate."