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Humboldt County Supervisors hold interactive budget meeting

EUREKA- Five county supervisors, five locations, all part of one interactive budget meeting tied together with Google Hangout technology.

Thursday night was Humboldt County's first public budget meeting and according to county officials, expenses are rising. This year's general fund revenue is forecast at just over $106 million. But expenses are totaling over $109 million. They say the problem is slow growth in income, as well as growing expenses from pensions and insurance and a savings account that continues to dwindle. The supervisors worked with community members last night to find solutions to the deficit.

"There's 138,000 people in Humboldt County," 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn said. "There's some bright people out there and they may have an idea, they may have come from somewhere an idea worked and at this point in this critical stage of our budget, anything needs to be looked at."

Some of the biggest areas addressed included funding and distribution of Health Department services, as well as the need to attract and retain medical professionals. Also at the meeting, the public had a chance to weigh in on how Measure Z revenues should be spent. The most common answers given were more deputies and fire personnel, as well as better equipment for all emergency responders.

"I think it's super important that people be heard that their voices are heard, either, speak with one of the representatives of their districts, or the members at large or their supervisors and say we really want to see our tax dollars go here so they're not wasted. I think that's important," Jonathon Flyer, Vice Chair Of Measure Z Advisory Committee said.