The Humboldt Taxpayer's League
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~A Watchdog Organization to Advocate for, and Inform, the Taxpayers~
P.O. Box 1432, Eureka, CA 95502-1432
President- Jim Pell ,Vice- President- Phil Nyberg
Executive Director- Cliff Chapman
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The Humboldt County Taxpayers League (HTL) Board of Directors issues the following position statement in regard to the many tax proposals and School Bond measures facing the voters of Humboldt County on the November 4, 2014 ballot.

“Taxation in California, near the highest in the Nation, has reached a crippling level and increased Taxes and Fees will further depress the already stressed economy of our rural cities and county.  Consequently the HTL, in general, opposes any new local taxes at this time.  The HTL remains unconvinced that most local government agencies have exhausted all avenues to “live within their means.”  If passed, the proposed Sales Tax Measures along with already existing Tax overrides in the cities of Arcata and Trinidad, would take over $12 million from the purchasing power of Humboldt County Shoppers and result in a 9% sales tax in some cities.”

“Humboldt County voters are faced with a myriad of potential tax increases in Eureka, Fortuna, Rio Dell, Blue Lake and an overriding tax proposed by the County which, if passed, would apply to all sales within Humboldt County including those in incorporated cities.  Eureka voters are also faced with a $50 million school bond and Fortuna voters are being asked to approve a $9.5 million school bond.”

“The Humboldt Taxpayers League specifically opposes Measure Z, a ½ % countywide sales tax increase sponsored by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.  It is the opinion of the HTL Board of Directors that this is a redundant tax that takes over $6 million out of the local economy mostly from the incorporated cities with little return benefit to those cities that also have their own revenue concerns.  The HTL Board feels the county needs to re-evaluate its priorities and make cuts and redirect services in order to come up with a more balanced spending plan.  One only needs to look at the average salary and benefits of county employees ( to get an idea of where they should start.”

“While the ultimate decision to raise taxes lies with the individual voter and their assessment of the need of the jurisdiction in which they reside the HTL Board urges each voter to carefully consider what each entity has done to reduce payroll, cut costs and streamline bureaucratic processes when making up their mind on whether to support or oppose all tax initiatives.  Voters should closely look at where the money has gone particularly in the area of public payroll, retirement and health benefits.  The Board also urges voters to consider the potential effects that increasing the sales tax rate to 9 percent in some jurisdictions will have on the local economy and their own personal spending power.”

“The HTL Board has serious concern about Measure Q, the continuation of the ½ % Transaction and Use Tax in the City of Eureka.  A review of the history of the use of these funds, purportedly to be used to enhance public safety, calls into question where the money went or will go.

The HTL Board also has serious concerns about Measure V, a similar 1% tax increase in the City of Fortuna.  The voters of Fortuna would be well served to question where the reserves have gone over the past decade and how the new revenues would be used if this measure is passed.

The HTL Board questions the need for Measure S, a Eureka City Schools $50 million bond issue that will assess Eureka property owners (and indirectly renters) $60 per $100,000 assessed valuation over a 30 year period.  This being the second 30 year Eureka City Schools bond in the past 12 years, the previous Measure S passed by the voters was for $32.5 million.

The Board also questions the need for Measure W a $9.0 million Fortuna Elementary School District bond which, if passed, would be the fourth Fortuna schools bond issue passed in the past eight years.  One only needs to take a look at ones property tax bill and where the money went from the last bond measures in both Eureka and Fortuna to figure this one out.”

“Finally, the Humboldt County Taxpayers League Board of Directors again urges everyone to become informed on the issues and consider the economic effects on yourself and the community as a whole that the passage of these measures would bring before casting your ballot.

 The Humboldt Taxpayer's League was established in 1964 with the primary purpose of monitoring local governments in the interest of all taxpayers. Our sole concern is the most effective use of your tax dollars. We are strictly opposed to any taxation, by whatever name, without the consent of the electorate.We are: Non- partisan, non- profit and registered as a 501 (c) (4) corporation.We are a totally member supported organization and do not seek or receive any government funding.

Our Mission:

The League is a watchdog organization that advocates for and informs the taxpayers, and assures that new taxes are not levied without a vote of the taxpayers. The League supports Proposition 13, encourages responsible allocation and use of local public resources, and opposes growth of government.  To these ends, the League will:
  • Monitor local governments and their use of public funds and resources
  • Educate taxpayers on matters of taxation and the operation of government
  • Provide a liason between the taxpayers and government entities
  • The League will not endorse political candidates.

    Meeting Information

    The League normally meets for lunch at 11:45am, with the business meeting starting at noon, the second Wednesday of each month in Eureka at the Samoa Cook House.

     The next meeting of the Taxpayer’s League will be held on November 12 , 2014 at the Samoa Cookhouse. The meeting agenda will be posted below when it's available.
    Our meetings generally move in three phases. First, we do our introductions, announcements, and reminders of just why we're here. Second, we make the decisions and complete the business requested of us (our Old Business and New Business agenda items individually listed). Third, we review what it is we will be doing until the next meeting (our Committee Reports from the various committee chairs).
     The public is invited to attend and participate. Reservations may be made by calling 707-599-2561. Send your email address to Cliff Chapman and you will be added to our list to receive the agenda and other League materials by email. 

    Membership Information
    If you'd like to become a member of the Humboldt Taxpayer's League, dues for individuals and businesses are $40.00 per year. All membership dues are payable October 1st of each year. Click here to go to the online membership form. Sorry, at this point you'll have to print it out and mail it to us. We hope to have a method to join online set up soon. You can also get a membership application sent to you by e-mailing Cliff Chapman.


    Several standing committees have been established, and all members are encouraged (and really expected) to participate in at least one.  The committees are the Membership Committee, the Media Committee, and 13 "monitoring" committees that follow and report on the activities and current issues related to the following agencies or subjects:
    • State of California
    • County of Humboldt
    • City of Arcata
    • City of Eureka
    • City of Fortuna and Southern Humboldt County
    • McKinleyville and Northern Humboldt County School Districts
    • Harbor District
    • Public Land Acquisitions
    • Tax Revenue Allocations
    • Timber and Environmental Regulations
    • Business Regulations
    • Land Use & Development Regulations


    Special 'ad hoc' committees are constantly being formed for the specific purpose of studying a particular issue or interest of concern to the League. An Ad Hoc Committee might consist of one or more League members, and the committee is expected to provide the League with current, adequate information about the particular subject.  Some of these committees are very short lived, and others might be active for quite some time.
    Our Goals

    Goals For Becoming The Most Influential Civic Organization In Humboldt County:
    1. Increase membership numbers and involvement to include an effective influential sector of our County's population:

    a. Increase general membership and voting influence.
    b. Develop and implement a Membership Drive strategy.

    2. Develop the League's committee structure to increase general membership participation and the effectiveness of our time and efforts.

    3. Increase visibility and communication with the public and general membership, including:

    a. Newsletters and Newspaper articles
    b. Position/Issue papers
    c. Public speaker forums
    4. Establish Rules of Conduct for how we conduct ourselves both within the League and with the officials, agencies and other organizations we work with.

    5. Define the principles that disclose the League's collective opinions and adopted policies toward the use of public resources, and upon which the League's positions and recommendations will be based.

    6. Stay passionate recommit ourselves to advancing the League's Mission and supporting each other in our efforts and projects.

    Minutes of Past Meetings

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