The voters of Humboldt County in November renewed a measure that provides locally controlled funding for public safety and essential services. Now, the citizen group that advises the Board of Supervisors on these funds is looking for projects that make Humboldt a better, safer place to live.
If you have a project idea that provides a public safety or essential service to our community, consider applying for Measure Z funds. The Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Measure Z Expenditures is now accepting applications for funding, and you have until Feb. 25 to apply.
Measure Z is a half-cent sales tax applied to most local purchases and was first passed by voters in November 2014, and renewed last year. Since then, the committee has received more than 170 applications for funding. Some of the projects that have been funded by the Board of Supervisors include:
- Hiring more than 40 Sheriff’s Office personnel
- Maintaining ambulance service on Highway 299
- Innovative project with Eureka Police and the Department of Health & Human Services regarding homeless services
- Hiring student resource and juvenile probation diversion officers for local schools
- Purchasing nearly $8 million of equipment for volunteer fire departments
- Providing nearly $8 million for road improvement and safety projects, and more.
Learn more about the projects that have been funded by Measure Z.
The advisory committee will meet each Thursday in March to review applications and recommend projects for funding. The application asks you to describe your proposal, as well as your plan for sustainability in order for your proposal to carry on without relying on Measure Z funding. In addition, the application requires an explanation as to how the request is an essential service or for public safety.
If you cannot download the application you can pick up a copy at the County Administrative Office at 825 5th Street, Room 112 in Eureka. Please submit your application to the same address.
The Board of Supervisors today made the following appointments to the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Measure Z Expenditures:
Ernie Branscomb, Second District Representative (reappointment)
Nicholas Kohl, Fourth District Representative
Vivienna Orcutt, Fifth District Representative
Sean Robertson, Fire Chiefs’ Association Representative
Sheriff William Honsal, Sheriff’s Office Representative (reappointment)
Justin Robins, Alternate
Scott Binder, Alternate