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Tuesday, November 6, 2018. To register to vote, visit http://registertovote.ca.gov//
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The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place Measure O – the Humboldt County Public Safety and Essential Services Renewal Measure – on the November 6, 2018 ballot to maintain locally-controlled funding for essential County services, without raising tax rates.
Over the past 25 years, $368 million in State takeaways continues to affect the County’s budget. Measure O would continue existing, voter-approved locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken by Sacramento. Measure O will maintain current essential services, including:
Despite limited funding, volunteer fire departments and firefighters play critical roles in protecting life and property here in Humboldt County. Measure O will continue to support these volunteers and maintain resources and training that better – and more safely – protect County residents.
Protective and counseling services for the victims and witnesses of child abuse have been severely reduced in recent years. Measure O will restore these services and protect children that have been victims of horrible crimes.
Measure O would continue the existing, voter-approved one-half cent sales tax, with no increase in tax rate. Measure O is not applied to prescription medicine or food purchased as groceries, and visitors to our region also pay the cost.
Yes. Measure O continues to require community and fiscal accountability, including financial audits and an Independent Citizens’ Advisory Committee will continue to review Measure O funds to ensure they are spent efficiently on public priorities. By, law all Measure O funding must be spent locally, and none can be taken by the state.
The county will continue to keep the community informed about Measure O. For more information, please visit the County website humboldtgov.org/MeasureO.