EUREKA- Fire and law enforcement officials will have a say in how Measure Z revenue is spent. On Tuesday the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors agreed on the make-up of a citizens’ advisory committee. That group will oversee how the new countywide sales tax revenue is dispersed.
The committee will have nine members, five of those appointed by district, two at large members appointed by the board, one member chosen by the fire chiefs association and another chosen by the sheriff’s office. The supervisors will also select two alternates to fill in when needed. Committee members will serve four-year staggered terms.
“We’re very adamant that measure z was supported by the voters to put public safety boots on the ground and we believe law enforcement and fire are key components of that,” said Ken Woods, president of the Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association. “There’s a lot of volunteer fire departments in the county and they need support, they need dollars to help them respond to those calls and we want to see that happen here so we're pleased this is the next step. We want to see the board continue to work on this and those funds allocated, a portion of them back to fire.”