The County of Humboldt will hold its fourth annual multi-site, interactive Community Budget Meeting on Thursday, March 3 beginning at 6 p.m. This innovative and award-winning meeting gives members of the public an opportunity to discuss current issues with their elected representatives and weigh in on the county’s $300 million budget, no matter where they live in Humboldt County.
This meeting is one of several important steps in the budget development process. Earlier this month, the County Administrative Office (CAO) presented its five-year financial forecast, which projects the county’s finances under various scenarios. The Board also re-examined the Strategic Framework, a document that sets high-level goals intended to guide our decisions throughout the year. A week later the Board heard the mid-year budget report and began setting parameters for the coming fiscal year. After the Community Budget Meeting, the county will turn inward to create a budget that matches citizens’ priorities and then return in June for public hearings.
Some of the important issues to discuss at this year’s meeting include:
• Rising costs and how that could affect service delivery• Possible department reorganization to improve efficiency
• Measure Z at one year
“While we’re creating the budget we hear from our departments, outside agencies, stakeholders and others, but the most important voice is that of the people of Humboldt County,” said Chair of the Board and 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace. “We need to know what is important to you, and this unique meeting is a great place to do it. It’s also a great opportunity to provide you with a fun, educational evening.”
The meeting, which has received awards from the California State Association of Counties and the Alliance for Innovation, will again use the Google Hangout platform and will be broadcast live from sites in each of the county’s five districts. A member of the Board of Supervisor will be in attendance at each location and available 30 minutes prior to the meeting to talk with citizens.
If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can still take part in the conversation by:• Sending in your questions and comments via Twitter to @HumCoGov using #HumCoBudget
• Watching on Access Humboldt channel 10, or channel 7 if your service provider is Wave Cable• Live-streaming the meeting on the county’s website at humboldtgov.org, or
• Responding to questions posted on Open Humboldt, the county’s on-line discussion forum. Subscribers will receive a message next week with topics to weigh in on.
The county is working with several community partners to pull off this event, including Access Humboldt, Humboldt County Office of Education, South Bay School, Fortuna City Council, Garfield Elementary School, and McKinleyville High School.
Attend the meeting at any of the following locations (map is at bottom:
District 1 - Supervisor Rex BohnSouth Bay School Library
6077 Loma Ave, Eureka
District 2 - Supervisor Estelle FennellFortuna City Hall
City Council Chambers621 11th Street, Fortuna
District 3 - Supervisor Mark Lovelace
Garfield Elementary School 2200 Freshwater Rd, Eureka
District 4 - Supervisor Virginia Bass
Eureka High School CampusAccess Humboldt Community Media Center
1915 J StreetEureka, Ca 95501
District 5 – Supervisor Ryan Sundberg
McKinleyville High School Library1300 Murray Road, McKinleyville