EUREKA- On Tuesday, unions representing the Eureka Police Department, Humboldt Bay Fire, and staff with the City of Eureka demonstrated their approval of Measure Q.
Tuesday was the kick-off event for the “Yes on Q” Campaign. Measure Q would extend the existing Measure O, which brings an extra $4 million annually to the Eureka budget for another five years. Currently, ½ of one percent of a sale is added to the sales tax, which is used to fund emergency services and other city operations. Since Measure O began, about 70 percent of those funds have gone to the Eureka Police Department and Humboldt Bay Fire. At the kick-off event, union members discussed why it is critical that Measure Q is passed in November.
"If Measure Q does not pass and we have to eliminate all of our Police Service Officers, the Traffic Division and the Problem Oriented Policing Unit will be eliminated and those officers will be forced to rejoin the rank and file of patrol officers,” said Josh Siipola, the President of the Eureka Police Officers Association.
"We're going to lose six firefighters, and that means up to two to five minute delayed response time for people in that area. Without that engine, any major even that we have, we're going to then be down, we'll tap out our entire resource pool and there's not engines left to cover the city," said David Terry, the “Yes on Q” Campaign Manager for the Humboldt Bay Professional Firefighters Local 652.