Humboldt schedules sales tax vote



June 12, 2012 - 12:00 AM

HUMBOLDT — Voters here will decide in a Sept. 11 mail-ballot election a half-cent sales tax that would raise money for street repairs.

City council members unanimously approved the referendum Monday night for the 15-year tax.

About $1.2 million for equipment, materials and labor is needed to repair 300 blocks of streets and drainage along them, City Administrator Larry Tucker observed in a prepared statement. Rationale for the tax, he said, is to make up for lost fuel tax revenue from the state. Humboldt receives about $50,000 a year, with $40,000 going for patching streets and culvert repairs and $10,000 for other projects, such as comprehensive street repairs. The total is down from an annual distribution that had been closer to $80,000.

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