Sheriff’s Deputies Speaking Directly to Neighbors About Voting Yes on Measure O
This is a press release from the County of Humboldt:
Election Day is November 6 – make sure your vote counts!
The last day to register to vote is TODAY, October 22. You can register online at registertovote.ca.gov.
Vote-by-Mail ballots were mailed the week of October 8. If you vote by mail and have not received your ballot or need a replacement ballot, contact the Humboldt County Elections Office at (707) 445-7481 or email@example.com.
If you are voting by mail, your ballot must be postmarked on or before November 6. Remember to sign your mail ballot!
Poll Voting locations are open on Election Day from 7AM – 8PM. You can find your polling location on your Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot, or by contacting the County Elections Office at (707) 445-7481 or visiting humboldtgov.org/PollingPlace.
As you may know, Measure O is on your local ballot. Measure O is Humboldt County’s Public Safety & Essential Services renewal measure that, if extended, would continue to provide locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken by the State to maintain services such as emergency response times, 24-hour sheriff’s patrols, road repair and children’s services. As an extension measure, Measure O renews voter-approved funding without raising tax rates.
Measure O will be on your local ballot as follows:
“Humboldt County Public Safety/Essential Services Renewal Measure. To maintain essential services including 911 emergency response/rural ambulance/fire protection; ensuring 24-hour sheriff’s patrols; providing children’s mental health/victims of child abuse services; emergency communications systems; repairing deteriorating roads; and other essential general services, shall a measure to renew the existing 1/2-cent sales tax, generating approximately $12,000,000 annually until ended by voters, with annual audits/ citizen oversight, no increase in tax rate, be adopted?”
Currently, revenue from the existing measure provides funding for many public safety projects around Humboldt, including more than 60 county positions:
Sheriff: 40 positions
15 deputies, 7 correctional deputies, 5 community services officers, 4 sheriff’s sergeants, a sheriff’s captain, emergency communications dispatcher, senior legal office assistant, sheriff’s public information specialist, correctional lieutenant, supervising correctional deputy, animal control and facilities manager, administrative assistant, and an animal control officer
District Attorney: 12 positions
3 deputy district attorneys, 3 investigators, program coordinator, 4 senior or legal office assistants, office assistant
Probation: 6 positions
6 probation officers
Department of Health & Human Services: 8 positions
2 substance abuse counselors, 2 mental health case managers, 2 mental health clinicians, program coordinator, community health outreach worker
Public Defender: 2 positions
Deputy public defender, investigator
Auditor: .5 full-time equivalent position
.5 Auditor-Controller payroll specialist