Measure U

Measure U



COUNTY COUNSEL IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS


Measure U would authorize the adoption of a one-half percent (1/2%) local transportation authority transaction and use tax to be in effect for a period of twenty (20) years countywide. Revenue from the tax could only be used to fund the eligible uses listed in the adopted Humboldt County Transportation Ballot Measure Expenditure Plan, a complete copy of which is included in the voter information handbook. Because Measure U calls for the adoption of a special tax for a specific purpose, the maintenance and improvement of local road and transportation infrastructure projects, it must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the electorate as required by California Constitution Article XIII C, Section 2 (d). 

Eligible Uses


  • Maintenance, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of existing transportation infrastructure including trails and transit. 
  • Local match leveraging of state and federal funds for road, trails and transit infrastructure. 
  • Retention of existing commercial air service.
If passed, Measure U would ratify the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) Transaction and Use Tax Ordinance No. 16-02, adopted by HCAOG acting in its capacity as the Humboldt County Transportation Authority (HCTA) on July 21, 2016. If Measure U fails to pass, Ordinance No. 16-02 would be ineffective.

The one half percent (1/2 %) retail sales tax would be applicable within both the incorporated cities and the unincorporated area of the County of Humboldt. Revenues will be allocated on an annual basis to the County of Humboldt and to the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad in accordance with a formula set forth in the ordinance. No more than one half percent (.5%) of funds may be used for administration by HCAOG. Ordinance No. 16-02 establishes a system of accountability, including annual independent audits, a taxpayer oversight committee, and an annual report. The tax would be collected and administered by the State Board of Equalization, under contract with the HTCA.

By law (Revenue and Tax Code section 7251.1), the combined rate of all local transaction and use taxes imposed in Humboldt County may not exceed two percent (2%).

Measure U was placed on the ballot by vote of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on August 9, 2016, as authorized by California Public Utilities Code section 180203.

Jeffrey Blanck County Counsel