High school district pursues tax measure

Jack Durham
Mad River Union

McKINLEYVILLE – The Northern Humboldt Union High School District will ask voters Nov. 6 to pass Measure N, a $24 million bond measure that would be paid with an additional property tax and would fund campus upgrades and renovations.

The district estimates that the tax rate would be $19 per $100,000 of assessed value. The owner of a home assessed at $200,000 would pay $38 a year, or $3.16 a month. The owner of a home assessed at $300,000 would pay an estimated $57 a year, or $4.75 a month.

As the district points out on its frequently asked questions handout posted on its website, “Do not confuse assessed valuation with market value. Assessed valuations are the value placed on property by the county and are almost always lower than market values.” To find your home’s accessed value, look at your property tax bill.

The tax would continue for 25 to 30 years, until the bonds are paid off.

The upgrades

The bond money would pay for decidedly unsexy but necessary renovations and upgrades to the district’s five high schools – Arcata, McKinleyville, Six Rivers Charter, Tsurai and Pacific Coast. About 1,670 students attend these schools.

The upgrades include repairing and replacing leaky roofs, updating electrical systems, heating and ventilation systems and school plumbing. Money would also be spent making handicapped accessibility improvements and improving school security. The district also plans to upgrade some of its sports fields and may pursue a solar energy project in an effort to save electrical costs.

District Superintendent Roger Macdonald said that the project list was developed over the last several months with input from teachers, staff, parents and community leaders. The district also conducted a roof analysis and hired an outside firm to prepare a School Facilities Needs Analysis.

Macdonald gave a presentation Sept. 26  about Measure N to the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee, which voted unanimously to support the bond measure.‘


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