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Measure H would continue the existing, voter-approved local sales tax at a 1.25 cent rate. Measure H is not applied to prescription medicine or food purchased as groceries, and out-of-town visitors to our City also pay the cost. Half of Eureka’s sales tax revenue comes from visitors. Measure H is not a tax on your property or home.
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The Eureka City Council unanimously placed Measure H on the November 3, 2020 local ballot to maintain voter-approved locally controlled funding for vital City services.
It is more important than ever to continue investing in and supporting our own local economy and unique needs. Continuing Measure H will preserve local control over local needs for public safety, emergency response, roads, and other vital services that keep our community a great place to live and raise a family as well as help attract and retain local jobs.
Measure H builds on Eureka’s ability to improve our streets and roads. Without extending Measure H, Eureka will not be able to bring in additional state and federal matching funds for critical local improvements that makes our roads and sidewalks safer for drivers and pedestrians, including first responders, who need to reach people quickly in an emergency.
Yes. Like many cities, homelessness has been a growing problem in Eureka. Especially with the pandemic, continuing Measure H funding will speed up efforts to connect those in need with local services, including emergency shelter, while keeping our neighborhoods and public spaces safe and secure for all residents.
When you dial 911, every second counts. The City’s top priority is keeping or community safe. Continuing Measure H maintains emergency response services and helps ensure our paramedics, firefighters, and public safety officers continue to be ready to help when you need them the most.
In recent community outreach and engagement, residents identified top priorities the City should maintain if Measure H is extended, including, among others:
Yes. Measure H continues to require community and fiscal accountability, including financial audits and an independent citizens’ oversight committee to review Measure H funds to ensure they are spent responsibly on public priorities. Measure H will continue to be spent locally to benefit residents, and none can be taken by the state.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Check your registration or get registered to vote.
The City will continue to keep the community informed about Measure H. If you are a member of a community organization that would like to receive a presentation on Measure H please contact City Administration at 707-441-4144. You can also find additional Measure H background and voting information in the links below.