Humboldt County’s final election report, issued early Wednesday morning, showed residents of Eureka and visitors in Blue Lake may be paying an additional tax come next year as early election results have both Eureka’s Measure I and Blue Lake’s Measure H passing by large margins.
Two school bonds were also ahead in early results. Both required 55 percent of the vote in order to pass.
In Blue Lake, the measure to add a 10 percent tax to guests who stay in accommodations in the city has received a 73.56 percent yes vote.
The transient occupancy tax will be deposited into the city’s General Fund. The tax is estimated to generate $19,000 annually and does not have a sunset date, according to the ballot language. It would remain in effect until it would be repealed.
Measure I would implement a 0.25 percent sales tax for the continued upkeep and maintenance of roads in Eureka. In early returns, the measure received 61.85 percent of the vote.
Voters in Rio Dell appeared to reject extending a 1 percent sales tax passed by voters in November 2014 through Measure U. The sales tax is set to sunset at the end of 2019. Had Measure J passed, it would have extended the tax through 2024. According to early returns, 51.90 percent of voters opposed the measure.
In early returns, 66.39 percent of Cutten School District voters backed a new bond.
The Cutten School District is hoping to be able “to modernize outdated classrooms, restroom and school facilities, replace deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; repair or replace leaky roofs; and increase student access to computers and modern technology that improves the quality of education,” according to the resolution of the board of trustees of the Cutten School District.
The measure requires an annual audit of expenditures is done to ensure the bond money was used on projects specifically mentioned in the project list.
Early returns show 69.27 percent of Northern Humboldt Union High School District voters backing a new bond.
The school bond would be used “to modernize, replace, renovate, expand, construct, acquire, equip, furnish and otherwise improve the classrooms and school facilities of the district.”
The repairs and upgrades will be done at Arcata High School, which was built in 1948, and McKinleyville High, which was built in 1961. Specific repairs include fixing leaky roofs, making accessibility improvements, updating outdated classrooms and installing energy efficient systems.
The measure will require annual audits to ensure the funds are being used for projects specifically mentioned on the project list.