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Supervisors review budget, begin planning for next year

EUREKA- The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors began looking to the future Tuesday morning, reviewing this year's budget and planning for the next.

One area of concern was the lack of funding for county building maintenance. Because that funding has not been a priority, the county's weight and measures building is in an emergency situation.

The supervisors also assessed departmental budget reports and funding requests, including the Aviation Enterprise Fund. By the end of the year that department will have a negative fund of nearly $1 million due to unforeseen costs.

But the supervisors are optimistic about the coming year's budget, with increased funding for safety from Measure Z. This year the board will again invite the public to take part in budget discussions.

"Coming up on February 26 we're going to have budget meetings throughout the districts," 2nd District Supervisor Estelle Fennell said. "Several of us reiterated that it's very important for us to hear from the community so I do hope that people attend those meetings, or watch them and participate in as many ways as possible because that is really our guide as to how we will prioritize funding so that was a big issue for us too."

At Tuesday's meeting the supervisors also passed a parking ordinance restricting parking on sections of the South side of Park Street and Harris Street, as well as the Northwest side of Walnut Street near Cutten School.