Update & Renewal Measures J & K

As you may know, Humboldt County has faced tough times in recent years, and the county has been forced to make difficult decisions in order to preserve essential local services as a result. The fact is, over the past 25 years, Sacramento has taken nearly $400 million in revenue from Humboldt County’s budget.

In the past, voters have chose to enact locally-controlled funding to meet these needs. As two types of existing, previously approved measures now need update/renewal, the Board of Supervisors recently acted to place Measures J & K on your June 7, 2022 Ballot.

Measure J is the Humboldt County Hotel Tax Update Measure. Measure J is paid only by hotel/motel guests and RV campers, and is NOT a tax on local homeowners or property owners. As a General Purpose Measure, Measure J funds are included in the county’s general fund, which supports services that tourists and visitors also use such as:

  • 9-1-1 emergency response times 
  • Rural fire protection services
  • Rural ambulance service 
  • Ensuring there are sheriff’s deputies on-duty 24 hours a day and
  • Repairing county roads

The county also has agreements with several tourist and visitors bureaus to automatically share a percentage of with them to support the local tourism economy such as generating hospitality jobs, and supporting local art and theater, while maintaining clean, safe parks, playgrounds, campgrounds and trails; and helping people get off the streets and into permanent housing.

Meanwhile, Measure K is the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Program Renewal Measure. State law requires Humboldt County voters to renew its modest, annual registration fee that’s used to remove and dispose of abandoned vehicles every ten years.

 Funds from these measures will be subject to strict accountability provisions, including annual independent audits and public review of all expenditures. 

 By law, all Measure K and J funds must be spent locally, and none can be taken by the state. 

Getting More Information

To request a more in-depth presentation for your community group or civic organization, please contact the County Administrative Office at cao@co.humboldt.ca.us or 707-445-7266. You can also view our Community Presentation for more information. 

For more information on the June 7, 2022 election and voter registration, please visit the county's Upcoming Elections and Elections and Voter Registration web pages.

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