EUREKA - The Measure Z county wide half cent sales tax goes into effect in less than a week and the Humboldt County Advisory Committee has nearly 50 grant applications requesting funds from the tax.
The applications total over $18.6 million in requests for public safety needs. But, the measure is only projected to raise $8.8 million. Applications range from aircraft rescue services, firefighter safety equipment, to street surveillance.
Humboldt Waste Management for example, is requesting $100,000 to waive fees for community organizations and individuals that voluntarily clean up illegal waste on public property.
"This is important because at this juncture, you have multiple public agencies and community organizations and individuals have taken it upon themselves to go out and clean up materials that have been illegally disposed of. Now this material poses both a public threat, you may have vermin, you may have needles that are contained in the materials and some of that material may end up into our environment and ultimately into our waterways," said Jill Duffy, Humboldt Waste Management Executive Director.