How Will Measure Z Funds Be Spent? Check This Out!
The Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Measure Z Expenditures this week finalized its recommendations for projects to be funded in Fiscal Year 2016-17. In total, the committee recommended 13 new projects to be funded, in addition to projects from last year that require on-going funding. The final recommendations will be included into the county’s proposed budget, which will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on June 7.
The committee is recommending $6.59 million in expenditures, including $2.2 million to the Humboldt County Fire Chief’s Association for equipment; $1.5 million to the Department of Public Works for roads resurfacing; and $1.2 million to the Sheriff’s Office for seven positions and a rescue and recovery vehicle, among others.
It is expected that $5.93 million in Measure Z funding will be available next year. While the tax is expected to raise $9.86 million, there is an ongoing cost of $5.16 million due to projects that were funded last year, like hiring Sheriff Deputies, Deputy District Attorneys and Probation Officers. In addition, roughly $1.23 million in one-time funding was rolled over to FY 16-17, adding to the available funding.
The committee made its recommendations realizing that the total expenditure amount will need to be trimmed in order to balance with projected revenue. County staff will seek direction from the Board during the Third Quarter Budget Report on May 3 on how to balance the Measure Z budget.
In total, agencies submitted 43 applications requesting more than $12.5 million in funding. The committee held six meetings, including one public hearing, in which it 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 2016-17, the committee is recommending that projects on the secondary list be considered.
Area 1 Agency on Aging Elder ombusdman $10,452 City of Arcata/Sheriff’s Office Student Resource Officer and juvenile probation diversion $428,937 Eureka Police Department Homelessness/MIST $459,140 Fortuna Police Department Drug Task Force officer $180,665 City of Trinidad Deputy $75,317 District Attorney’s Office Vehicle $26,588 Fire Chief’s Association Equipment, Dispatch, Planning $2,231,397 Public Defender’s Office Alternate request for staff, elimination of Alternate Conflict Counsel Office $43,346 Public Works Illegal dumping $10,000 Public Works Road resurfacing $1,500,000 Sheriff’s Office 7 positions, rescue vehicle $1,261,316 Hoopa Valley Tribal Council Willow Creek ambulance $267,543 Humboldt Waste Management Authority Illegal dumping $40,000 Total Recommended Funding $6,591,566
Public Works* Road resurfacing $1,000,000 City of Blue Lake Part-time Deputy Sheriff $77,250 Ferndale Police Department Radio repeater and patrol $35,308 Rio Dell Police Department Clerical support $33,649 City of Trinidad Deputy Sheriff $75,317 City of Rio Dell Community Service Officer $73,325 County Administrative Office – Information Technology Enhanced technology $157,000 County Counsel Code enforcement $40,000 Public Works – Aviation Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mandate $140,000 Yurok Tribe Department of Public Safety Upriver volunteer fire $215,000
To see the full breakdown of proposals and all of the applications, view the Measure Z web page.