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Tax measure to face Blue Lake residents

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BLUE LAKE- Residents will be asked to approve a gas and electricity tax on their November ballot this upcoming election. The City Council has decided to move forward with the measure in order to make up for lost revenue.

The measure would be a four percent tax on gas and electricity and show up on resident's PG&E bill. If approved the city could receive up to $40,000 a year from it.

Mayor, Sherman Schapiro said the city is faced with increased expenses and decreased revenue mainly from a more expensive contract with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department. Schapiro said the city brought in additional funds from the elementary renting out a city building for their gym, but the city has lost the revenue after the school completed their own gym.

The City Council is working on constructing the language of the bill and will hold a town hall meeting on the topic on May 8th.