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.