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Posted on: March 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Measure Z Citizens' Advisory Committee Finalizes Recommendations

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The Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Measure Z expenditures this week finalized its recommendations for projects to be funded in Fiscal Year 2017-18. In total, the committee recommended 12 projects to be funded, in addition to projects that require on-going funding. The final recommendations will be included in the county’s proposed budget, which will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on June 6.

The committee is recommending $4.47 million in expenditures, including $1.2 million to the Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association for equipment; $1.18 million to the Department of Public Works for roads resurfacing; and $438,292 to the Sheriff’s Office for staff and patrol vehicles, among others.

While revenue from tax is estimated at $11.4 million, there is an ongoing cost of $6.63 million due to projects that were funded in the past, like hiring Sheriff Deputies, Deputy District Attorneys and Probation Officers. In addition, roughly $336,000 in one-time funding was rolled over to FY 17-18, adding to the available funding.

In total, agencies submitted 45 applications requesting more than $11.3 million in funding. The committee held five meetings in which it solicited proposals, took public input and evaluated proposals that sought a share of these funds.

The committee sorted these applications in to three categories: “must have,” “need to have,” and “nice to have.” The committee further developed two lists for projects to be funded. The primary list below includes projects the committee recommends be funded first, and is comprised of “must have” projects. The secondary list includes projects that should be considered during the mid-year budget review. If applicants cannot or do not expend their funds during FY 2017-18, the committee is recommending that projects on the secondary list be considered.


(In order or priority)
Funding Project

Recommended Allocations

(All One-time except those specified

Humboldt County Fire Chief's Association
Planning, dispatch, equipment


K'IMA:W Medical Center
Ambulance Service


Staff, patrol vehicles, snowcat


City of Eureka Police Department


City of Fortuna Police Department
Drug Task Force Officer


Public Works


Area 1 Agency on Aging


City of Rio Dell
Continued clerical support


Public Works
ARFF training


City of Arcata Police Department/Sheriff
Student Resource Officer and Juvenile Diversion position


City of Blue Lake
One half-time deputy sheriff


City of Fortuna Police Department
School Resource Officer


Southern Trinity Area Rescue 
Southern Humboldt ambulance service


City of Trinidad
One half-time deputy sheriff


Total Recommended Primary Funding           $ 4,473,815

Secondary List:

(in order of priority)
Funding projectRecommended Allocation
(All one-time)
Public Works*


Humboldt County Fire Chief's Association**
Planning, dispatch, equipment


K'IMA:W Medical Center**
Ambulance Service


Staff, patrol vehicles, snowcat


City of Eureka Police Department**


Area 1 Agency on Aging**


City of Arcata Police Department/Sheriff**
Student Resource Officer and Juvenile Diversion position


City of Fortuna Police Department**
School Resource Officer


Total Recommended Secondary Funding


*First priority to remainder of Public Works Roads application
**Second priority to remaining applications in the primary recommendations that had reductions

To see the full breakdown of proposals and all of the applications, view our Measure Z web page.

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