Humboldt halts street work projects

Humboldt city officials said street improvement work will be stalled, because of lower revenues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales tax revenues are expected to drop anywhere from 25% to 40%.

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May 12, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Street improvements in Humboldt will be put off because of the economic impact of COVID-19. Register file photo

HUMBOLDT — Lower sales tax receipts and sales of gasoline have forced Humboldt city commissioners to stall the plan to improve city streets, they said at their meeting Monday night.

Even with the additional half-cent sales tax approved by voters last year, the city is looking at a drop in income of $30,000 to $50,000, said Cole Herder, city administrator. The additional tax was expected to bring in $120,000 a year.

Across the state, sales tax revenues are expected to drop anywhere from 25% to 40% because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Herder said. Until a vaccine is developed to contain the highly contagious disease, it’s difficult to determine when exactly “normal” will return.

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