Measure H – Health, Public Safety & Vital Services

Eureka residents value the quality of life and services the City provides. However, along with the rest of the state and the country, our City faces serious health and economic challenges due to COVID-19. Despite these challenges, Eureka strives to keep our community safe, prepared, and a great place to live and raise a family.

This fall you will see Measure H on the ballot. Here are some frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:        What is Measure H?

A:        The Eureka City Council unanimously placed Measure H on the November 3, 2020 local ballot to maintain voter-approved locally controlled funding for vital City services.

Q:        Why was Measure H placed on the ballot?

A:        It is more important than ever to continue investing in and supporting our own local economy and unique needs. Continuing Measure H will preserve local control over local needs for public safety, emergency response, roads, and other vital services that keep our community a great place to live and raise a family as well as help attract and retain local jobs

Q:        How does Measure H address road safety and repair?

A:        Measure H builds on Eureka’s ability to improve our streets and roads. Without extending Measure H, Eureka will not be able to bring in additional state and federal matching funds for critical local improvements that makes our roads and sidewalks safer for drivers and pedestrians, including first responders, who need to reach people quickly in an emergency.

Q:        Will Measure H help address and prevent homelessness?

A:        Yes. Like many cities, homelessness has been a growing problem in Eureka. Especially with the pandemic, continuing Measure H funding will speed up efforts to connect those in need with local services, including emergency shelter, while keeping our neighborhoods and public spaces safe and secure for all residents.

Q:        How does Measure H address emergency services and preparedness?

A:        When you dial 911, every second counts. The City’s top priority is keeping or community safe. Continuing Measure H maintains emergency response services and helps ensure our paramedics, firefighters, and public safety officers continue to be ready to help when you need them the most.

Q:        What other City Services will Measure H address?

A:        In recent community outreach and engagement, residents identified top priorities the City should maintain if Measure H is extended, including, among others:

  • Maintain 911 fire, paramedic, and police emergency response and preparedness
  • Repair potholes and maintain safe roads 
  • Support local businesses and jobs
  • Maintain youth and senior services
  • Support city and community health services
  • Continue homelessness prevention programs

Q:        What does Measure H cost?

A:        Measure H would continue the existing, voter-approved local sales tax at a 1.25 cent rate. Measure H is not applied to prescription medicine or food purchased as groceries, and out-of-town visitors to our City also pay the cost. Half of Eureka’s sales tax revenue comes from visitors. Measure H is not a tax on your property or home.

Q:        Is Measure H fiscally accountable?

A:        Yes. Measure H continues to require community and fiscal accountability, including financial audits and an independent citizens’ oversight committee to review Measure H funds to ensure they are spent responsibly on public priorities. Measure H will continue to be spent locally to benefit residents, and none can be taken by the state.

Q:        When is the election?

A:        Tuesday, November 3, 2020. To check your registration or get registered to vote, visit registertovote.ca.gov.

Q:        Where can I get more information about Measure H?

A:        The City will continue to keep the community informed about Measure H. If you are a member of a community organization that would like to receive a presentation on Measure H please contact City Administration at 707-441-4144. You can also find additional Measure H background and voting information in the links below.

Measure H Quick Sheet

Measure H Community Presentation

2020 Voter and Election Information