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New county sales tax measure to be on November ballot

EUREKA- Voters throughout Humboldt county will see a new sales tax measure on the ballot this November. The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday for a .05 percent sales tax.

The tax would be incorporated throughout the county and if passed, is predicted to generate six million dollars of revenue. That money will go towards the general fund with an emphasis on public safety and other departments in need of additional resources.

The supervisors would appoint an advisory committee to decide where those funds will go. If passed, the sales tax would go into effect April 1, 2015 and would last for five years.

The supervisors made the decision today after reviewing results of a county-wide poll. In the poll, those surveyed expressed greater support for the sales tax over the option of a utility users tax. 

“We have the data to prove that we believe that there's support in the county and it will work best for the citizens so we can provide them the support and the services that are needed,” said 1st District Supervisor Rex Bohn, “basically public safety all the way through fire departments, volunteer fire departments, probation, our district attorney, all those aspects, plus a lot of other services that have had to be cut over the last 5 years.”

An official ordinance for the measure will be presented at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting next week. Until then, the supervisors are asking for feedback from the public regarding the sales tax.