Sorry, THC fans, if you happen to live in the tax-Friendly City of Fortuna.
While all of Humboldt County is set to have a record-tying number of taxes before them on the upcoming November ballots, Fortuna finds itself with the dubious distinction of having more taxes to vote then anyone else.
And we’re not just talking about the County, either. Out of the entire State of California, Fortuna voters will be faced with the most additional tax measures to weigh in on.
And it’s no surprise, considering the heaps of potential new taxes that Humboldt is faced with come November. Just guess how thrilled the Fortuna City Council is with the prospect of yet another tax measure proposed by our very own Board of Supervisors?
From an article in the Times-Standard about the Supervisor’s trigger-happy tax tactics, Fortuna City Councimal Doug Strehl was more than happy to tell the Supes – and the rest of the HCAOG Board – that they won’t be “going to get a lot of support out of the Fortuna City Council.”
And why is that? Because the City wants to pass their own tax. (The common denominator here is that all the Cities and Counties in Humboldt want to hike taxes – they just want them to be their own taxes.) The Times-Standard article went on to note that the last time Fortuna voters were asked to pass a tax in 2014, they struck it down by a 63% majority. Ouch!
Admittedly, THC is skeptical of almost any tax. But we also have to wonder which one residents of Fortuna would support, if any. Wethinks that the City of Fortuna is just all pissy because the tax from HCAOG might go through instead of theirs. Tax-envy is not a good look for anyone, especially not the City of Fortuna.