Humboldt County election results: 3 out of 4 measures passed


Humboldt County, Calif. - There were four measures voted on in Humboldt County on Nov. 7, affecting two districts and two cities: The City of Rio Dell, the district of Samoa, the district of Shelter Cove and the City of Blue Lake.

Measures X, B, Y and Z were on the ballot, and the results were as follows:

Measure X: The City of Rio Dell proposed a tax on cannabis businesses. The ordinance read, "Every person engaged in business involving Commercial Cannabis Cultivation Activity in the City shall pay a business tax."

The rates that would apply are $2 per square foot or 2 percent of gross receipts as an initial permit tax. In addition, businesses would be taxed $5 per square foot or 10 percent of gross receipts, per person engaged in the business.

PASSED: 80.97 percent voted YES, 19.03 percent voted NO.

268 votes were cast for this ordinance.


This ordinance affects Shelter Cove. Measure B would add an additional property tax to go toward the Shelter Cove Fire Department.

There is a current flat tax of $25 for both residential to commercial properties. Officials want to tack additional taxes to that rate.

PASSED: 69.28 percent voted YES, 30.72 percent voted NO.

166 votes were cast for this ordinance.

MEASURE Y: This ordinance affects Blue Lake. Measure Y proposed increased property taxes to provide funding to the Blue Lake Fire Protection District.

DID NOT PASS: 48.79 percent voted YES, 51.21 percent voted NO.

248 votes were cast for this ordinance.

MEASURE Z: This ordinance would affect people in Samoa. Measure Z proposed to consolidate the Samoa Peninsula Fire Protection District into the Peninsula Community Services District. The agency would oversee services such as water, park and trails, and emergency responses.

PASSED: 77.92 percent voted YES, 22.08 percent voted NO.

77 votes were cast for this ordinance.

View the county's full list of election results here.

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