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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Napa County
Measure Z - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

37,670 votos si (64.7%)

20,552 votos no (35.3%)

100% de distritos activos (167/167).

1/4% Sales Tax for Water, Parks & Open Space Restoration/Preservation
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To protect drinking water by preserving and restoring watersheds, rivers, creeks; protect natural open spaces and wildlife habitat; reduce wildfire risk; and maintain parks and trails; shall Napa County enact a 1/4 percent sales tax for the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District raising an estimated eight million dollars annually for fourteen years with citizen oversight, annual audits, and funds that cannot be taken by the State?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Minh C. Tran, Napa County Counsel

COUNTY COUNSEL’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE Z
The Napa County Board of Supervisors has placed on the ballot the question of whether to approve an ordinance enacting a transactions and use tax (“sales tax”) throughout the county. The ordinance, known as Measure “Z,” would impose a one quarter of one percent (.25%) sales tax beginning on April 1, 2017 for fourteen years and will expire on March 31, 2031.

The sales tax is a special tax that would be levied on the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail, with certain limited exceptions specified in the Ordinance. State law authorizes the County to levy a sales tax if the ordinance proposing the tax is approved by a two-thirds vote of all members of the Board of Supervisors and the tax is approved by a two-thirds of the qualified voters of the entire county who vote in the election. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the tax on July 12, 2016.
Special taxes can only be utilized for those purposes identified in the ordinance imposing the tax and cannot be used for general governmental purposes. The tax proposed by Measure Z is a County special tax that will be passed through to the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District (District). The sales tax would be used by the District to enable the District to preserve watersheds, rivers, lakes, open space and wildlife habitat; to restore and maintain public access to public open space resources; and to provide youth educational opportunities to study the local environment.

The current sales tax throughout Napa County is 8%, which means that if adopted, Measure Z would increase the sales tax rate to 8.25% beginning April 1, 2017 and would expire on March 31, 2031. Like the current sales tax, the tax would be imposed on all retailers in the incorporated and unincorporated county on sales of tangible personal property, subject to certain exemptions and exclusions identified in the ordinance.

A YES VOTE MEANS you want to impose a one quarter of one percent (.25%) special sales tax limiting the use of those proceeds to the above described District projects.

A NO VOTE MEANS you do not want to impose a one quarter of one percent (.25%) sales tax to fund the above described District projects.

s/ Minh Tran
County Counsel

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Z
Vote YES on Z to preserve water, parks and open space here in Napa County.

Your YES vote is essential. Here in Napa County, we enjoy outstanding natural areas, water, parks and trails that contribute to our quality of life and make this a wonderful place to live. But we must act now to protect the natural areas we all know and love.

Without Measure Z, unprotected land and natural areas could be lost to development and gone forever, causing even more overcrowding, traffic and demand for water. Measure Z will protect these essential resources so our children and grandchildren can enjoy them for decades to come.

Measure Z will protect our local water resources, creeks and streams, as well as over 30,000 acres of rolling hills, watersheds, natural habitats, forests and valuable agricultural land. Parks, trails and open spaces will be maintained and improved, ensuring children, seniors and youth have safe places to play and can enjoy the outdoors.

Measure Z benefits locals—not just tourists. In fact, tourists from outside Napa County will pay more than 1/3 of the total.

Vote YES: Preserve Local Water, Parks and Open Space
• Protect water resources, quality and quantity
• Restore and protect watersheds, rivers and creeks
• Manage vegetation to preserve biodiversity and reduce wildfire risk
• Protect natural areas and wildlife habitat
• Improve and maintain existing parks
• Maintain and enhance walking, hiking, biking and equestrian trails

Measure Z Gives Napa County Local Control over Local Needs
• Independent citizen oversight and annual financial audits are required
• Every penny will support our local Napa County water, parks and
open space
• No funds can be taken by the State
• Ensures Napa County gets its fair share of matching funds

Join Napa County community leaders, elected officials, seniors and community members in voting YES on Z to protect local water, parks and open space.

/s/Doug Parker
Executive Director, Land Trust of Napa County

/s/Belia Ramos
Napa County Supervisor – Elect

/s/Karen Bower Turjanis
President, Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District

/s/Bernhard Krevet
President, Friends of the Napa River

/s/Mike Thompson
Member of Congress

Argumento EN CONTRA

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Z
Twice this year Napa County has asked us for a new sales tax increases. The first one, the so called Jail and Childrens tax was defeated in the June election. This tax would fund the Parks and Open Space District which we believe will create another level of bureaucracy. The existing parks and open space organization has been doing a good job on the minimal funding provided by the county since the district was created about 10 years ago. The Parks District has been effective doing things such as managing Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, Moore Creek Park and the Oat Hill Mine Trail. Why can’t they continue with the funding they have?

Napa residents should remember these sales tax facts;

-The California basic sales tax rate of 7.5% is already the highest in the nation.

-Sales tax impacts are argued as being small. However, sales taxes are regressive taxes which adversely affect and become a significant burden on the lower income and underemployed residents of the community.

- Arguments made that visitors to Napa county pay a significant portion of any sales tax collected ignores the fact that visitors only pay local sales taxes for the few days they visit Napa County while residents are required to pay these taxes all year long.

- This measure is described as “temporary” (for 14 years). But temporary taxes have a way of living forever.

- A local “temporary” sale tax increase for 20 years was passed as Measure A in the 1990’s to fund flood control and watershed improvements. This “temporary” increase will be replaced in 2018 by another 25 year tax to fund road repairs by Measure T.

The Napa County Taxpayers Association opposes another local sales tax to fund and expand another local bureaucracy. Vote NO on Measure Z.

/s/Jack Gray
Director, Napa County Taxpayers Association

/s/ Leon R. Brauning
Director, Napa County Taxpayers Assn

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

REBUTTAL TO THE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Z
Why vote for another tax to create another bureaucracy? Napa County already has massive open spaces and protected acreage. The Land Trust has thousands of acres under its protection. The federal government has huge areas under their control. Napa County has protected its water sources and implemented watershed protection and flood control projects with the Measure A sales tax. Every Napa city in county has their own parks and the State of California has control of the state park lands in our county. We now have an additional regional government agency managing the San Francisco Bay wetlands funded by a parcel tax that local residents did not vote for. Do Napa residents want another tax to fund a new massive overlapping government agency?

When the Parks and Open Space District was approved by voters about 10 years ago there was concern it would morph into another layer of government with an uncontrollable desire for and waste of tax dollars. The district was allocated county funds for its operations which has managed well with a skeleton crew, but now the danger of a government agency growing beyond its bounds with massive new funding has raised its ugly head.

The only way to control wasteful government is to stop its funding. Taxes, school bonds, sewer and water rates and government fees are burying us. Just look at your property tax bill! Now is the time to say, “No More” by voting NO on Measure Z.

/s/Jack Gray
Director, Napa County Taxpayers Assn

/s/ Leon Brauning
Director, Napa County Taxpayers Assn

/s/Tom Orlando
First Mayor, American Canyon

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Z
The two signers of the opposition argument are the same two people who have opposed almost every local ballot measure in Napa County.

In contrast, Measure Z is supported by a wide array of individuals and organizations that reflect Napa County’s values.

The facts about Measure Z:

• Even the opponents agree that our Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District has been effective in managing a tight budget and serving as a careful steward of local funds.
• Measure Z is a dedicated measure that will generate badly-needed funds to improve parks, and protect watersheds and open space. Funds cannot be spent on any other purpose.
• 100% of Measure Z funds will stay in Napa County.
• Tourists from outside of Napa County will pay more than 1/3 of the cost—to improve our local parks, our local water and our local open space.

Measure Z is the only way to provide the locally controlled funding necessary to protect our local water and natural areas. Measure Z will:
• Protect our local water supply
• Protect water quality in rivers, creeks and streams
• Preserve 30,000 acres of rolling hills, watersheds, natural habitat and agricultural land

If we don’t pass Measure Z, our natural areas and parks may be lost to development and gone forever. Now is the time to vote YES on Z.

Don’t be fooled by two naysayers. It’s vitally important that we protect our parks, water and open space for generations to come.

Vote YES on Z.

/s/Manuel Rios
President, Napa County Farm Bureau

/s/ Keith Caldwell
Supervisor District 5

/s/Brent Randol
Vice President Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District

/s/Steven M. Carlin
CEO Carlin Company

/s/Elba Gonzalez-Mares
Napa Valley Unified School Board Elect

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE Z
ORDINANCE NO. 2016-02

AN ORDINANCE OF NAPA COUNTY, KNOWN AS THE NAPA WATER, PARKS AND OPEN SPACE RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION RETAIL TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX ORDINANCE, IMPOSING A TRANSACTION AND USE TAX, TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

The people of Napa County hereby ordain:

SECTION 1. A new Chapter 3.30 (Napa Water, Parks and Open Space Restoration and Preservation Retail Transactions and Use Tax) is hereby added to the Napa County Code to read in full as follows:

Chapter 3.30

NAPA WATER, PARKS AND OPEN SPACE RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION RETAIL TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX

Sections:
3.30.010 Title and Definitions.

3.30.020 Effective Date; Operative Date.

3.30.030 Purpose.
3.30.040 Contract With State.

3.30.050 Transactions Tax Rate.

3.30.060 Place of Sale.

3.30.070 Use Tax Rate.

3.30.080 Adoption of Provisions of State Law.

3.30.090 Limitations on Adoption of State Law and Collection of  Use Taxes.

3.30.100 Permit Not Required.

3.30.110 Exemptions and Exclusions.

3.30.120 Amendments.

3.30.130 Enjoining Collection Forbidden. 

3.30.140 Termination Date.

3.30.150 Receipt of Proceeds

3.30.160 Use of Proceeds.

3.30.170 Establish and Increase Appropriations Limit. 

3.30.180 Expenditure Plan.

3.30.190 Community Oversight Committee 

3.30.200 Implementation of Expenditure Plan

3.30.010 Title and Definitions.   
A.    This ordinance shall be known as the Napa Water, Parks and Open 
Space Restoration and Preservation Retail Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance. This ordinance shall be applicable in the incorporated and unincorporated territory of the County.

B.    Definitions. For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:      
1.    “Napa Open Space District” means the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District. 

2.    “Expenditure Plan” means the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District Water, Parks and Open Space Restoration and Preservation Expenditure Plan set forth in Section 3.30.180. 

3.    “Operative Date” means the first day of the first calendar quarter commencing more than one hundred ten days after the adoption of this ordinance. 
   
4.    “District Board” means the Board of Directors of the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District. 

5.    “Committee” means that Community Oversight Committee established as set forth in subsection (C) of Section 3.30.180. 

6.    “Fiscal Policy and Procedures” will be the accounting, auditing and reporting guidelines developed by the Committee with the County Auditor-Controller and approved by the District Board as set forth in subsection (C) of Section 3.30.190. 


3.30.020 Effective Date; Operative Date.
    A.    This ordinance shall become effective upon its approval by a two-thirds majority of the electors voting on the measure (“Effective Date”). 

    B.    The operative date of this ordinance shall be on April 1, 2017. 


3.30.030 Purpose.
This ordinance is adopted to achieve the following, among other purposes, and directs that the provisions hereof be interpreted in order to accomplish those purposes:
    A.    To impose a retail transactions and use tax in accordance with the provisions of Part 1.6 (commencing with Section 7251) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code and Section 7285.5 of Part 1.7 of Division 2 which authorizes the County to adopt this tax ordinance which shall be operative if two-thirds of the electors voting on the measure vote to approve the imposition of the tax at an election called for that purpose. 

    B.    To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance that incorporates provisions identical to those of the Sales and Use Tax Law of the State of California insofar as those provisions are not inconsistent with the requirements and limitations contained in Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. 

    C.    To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance that imposes a tax and provides a measure therefor that can be administered and collected by the State Board of Equalization in a manner that adapts itself as fully as practicable to, and requires the least possible deviation from, the existing statutory and administrative procedures followed by the State, Board of Equalization in administering and collecting the California State Sales and Use Taxes. 

    D.    To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance that can be administered in a manner that will be, to the greatest degree possible, consistent with the provisions of Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, minimize the cost of collecting the transactions and use taxes, and at the same time, minimize the burden of record keeping upon persons subject to taxation under the provisions of this ordinance. 


3.30.040 Contract With State.

Prior to the operative date, the County shall contract with the State Board of Equalization to perform all functions incident to the administration and operation of this transactions and use tax ordinance; provided, that if the County shall not have contracted with the State Board of Equalization prior to the operative date, it shall nevertheless so contract and in such a case the operative date shall be the first day of the first calendar quarter following the execution of such a contract.

3.30.050 Transactions Tax Rate.
For the privilege of selling tangible personal property at retail, a tax is hereby imposed upon all retailers in the incorporated and unincorporated territory of the County at the rate of one quarter of one percent of the gross receipts of any retailer from the sale of all tangible personal property sold at retail in said territory on and after the operative date of this ordinance.

3.30.060 Place of Sale.
For the purposes of this ordinance, all retail sales are consummated at the place of business of the retailer unless the tangible personal property sold is delivered by the retailer or his agent to an out-of-state destination or to a common carrier for delivery to an out-of-state destination. The gross receipts from such sales shall include delivery charges, when such charges are subject to the state sales and use tax, regardless of the place to which delivery is made. In the event a retailer has no permanent place of business in the State or has more than one place of business, the place or places at which the retail sales are consummated shall be determined under rules and regulations to be prescribed and adopted by the State Board of Equalization.

3.30.070 Use Tax Rate.
An excise tax is hereby imposed on the storage, use or other consumption in the County of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer on and after the operative date of this ordinance for storage, use or other consumption in said territory at the rate of one quarter of one percent of the sales price of the property. The sales price shall include delivery charges when such charges are subject to state sales or use tax regardless of the place to which delivery is made.

3.30.080 Adoption of Provisions of State Law.
Except as otherwise provided in this ordinance and except insofar as they are inconsistent with the provisions of Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, all of the provisions of Part 1 (commencing with Section 6001) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code are hereby adopted and made a part of this ordinance as though fully set forth herein.

3.30.090 Limitations on Adoption of State Law and Collection of Use Taxes.
In adopting the provisions of Part 1 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code:
A. Wherever the State of California is named or referred to as the taxing agency, the name of this County shall be substituted therefore. However, the substitution shall not be made when:
  1. The word “State” is used as a part of the title of the State Controller, State Treasurer, Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, State Board of Equalization, State Treasury, or the Constitution of the State of California;
  2. The result of that substitution would require action to be taken by or against this County or any agency, officer, or employee thereof rather than by or against the State Board of Equalization, in performing the functions incident to the administration or operation of this ordinance.
  3. In those sections, including, but not necessarily limited to sections referring to the exterior boundaries of the State of California, where the result of the substitution would be to:
    a. Provide an exemption from this tax with respect to certain sales, storage, use or other consumption of tangible personal property which would not otherwise be exempt from this tax while such sales, storage, use or other consumption remain subject to tax by the State under the provisions of Part 1 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, or;
    b. Impose this tax with respect to certain sales, storage, use or other consumption of tangible personal property which would not be subject to tax by the state under the said provision of that code.
  4. In Sections 6701, 6702 (except in the last sentence thereof), 6711, 6715, 6737, 6797 or 6828 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
    a. The word “County” shall be substituted for the word “State” in the phrase “retailer engaged in business in this State” in Section 6203 and in the definition of that phrase in Section 6203.

3.30.100 Permit Not Required.
If a seller's permit has been issued to a retailer under Section 6067 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, an additional transactor's permit shall not be required by this ordinance.

3.30.110 Exemptions and Exclusions.
    A.    There shall be excluded from the ordinance of the transactions tax and the use tax the amount of any sales tax or use tax imposed by the State of California or by any city, city and county, or county pursuant to the Bradley-Burns Uniform Local Sales and Use Tax Law or the amount of any state-administered transactions or use tax. 

    B.    There are exempted from the computation of the amount of transactions tax the gross receipts from:
      1.    Sales of tangible personal property, other than fuel or petroleum products, to operators of aircraft to be used or consumed principally outside the County in which the sale is made and directly and exclusively in the use of such aircraft as common carriers of persons or property under the authority of the laws of this State, the United States, or any foreign government. 

      2.    Sales of property to be used outside the County which is shipped to a point outside the County, pursuant to the contract of sale, by delivery to such point by the retailer or his agent, or by delivery by the retailer to a carrier for shipment to a consignee at such point. For the purposes of this section, delivery to a point outside the County shall be satisfied: 

      a. With respect to vehicles (other than commercial vehicles) subject to registration pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 3 of the Vehicle Code, aircraft licensed in compliance with Section 21411 of the Public Utilities Code, and undocumented vessels registered under Division 3.5 (commencing with Section 9840) of the Vehicle Code by registration to an out-of-county address and by a declaration under penalty of perjury, signed by the buyer, stating that such address is, in fact, his or her principal place of residence; and
      b. With respect to commercial vehicles, by registration to a place of business out-of-county and declaration under penalty of perjury, signed by the buyer, that the vehicle will be operated from that address.
    3.    The sale of tangible personal property if the seller is obligated to furnish the property for a fixed price pursuant to a contract entered into prior to the operative date of this ordinance. 

    4.    A lease of tangible personal property which is a continuing sale of such property, for any period of time for which the lessor is obligated to lease the property for an amount fixed by the lease prior to the operative date of this ordinance. 

    5.    For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4) of this section, the sale or lease of tangible personal property shall be deemed not to be obligated pursuant to a contract or lease for any period of time for which any party to the contract or lease has the unconditional right to terminate the contract or lease upon notice, whether or not such right is exercised. 

  C. There are exempted from the use tax imposed by this ordinance, the storage, use or other consumption in this County of tangible personal property:
    1.    The gross receipts from the sale of which have been subject to a transactions tax under any state-administered transactions and use tax ordinance. 

    2.    Other than fuel or petroleum products purchased by operators of aircraft and used or consumed by such operators directly and exclusively in the use of such aircraft as common carriers of persons or property for hire or compensation under a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued pursuant to the laws of this State, the United States, or any foreign government. This exemption is in addition to the exemptions provided in Sections 6366 and 6366.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code of the State of California. 

    3.    If the purchaser is obligated to purchase the property for a fixed price pursuant to a contract entered into prior to the operative date of this ordinance. 

    4.    If the possession of, or the exercise of any right or power over, the tangible personal property arises under a lease which is a continuing purchase of such property for any period of time for which the lessee is obligated to lease the property for an amount fixed by a lease prior to the operative date of this ordinance. 

    5.    For the purposes of subsections (3) and (4) of this section, storage, use, or other consumption, or possession of, or exercise of any right or power over, tangible personal property shall be deemed not to be obligated pursuant to a contract or lease for any period of time for which any party to the contract or lease has the unconditional right to terminate the contract or lease upon notice, whether or not such right is exercised. 

    6.    Except as provided in subsection (7) a retailer engaged in business in the County shall not be required to collect use tax from the purchaser of tangible personal property, unless the retailer ships or delivers the property into the County or participates within the County in making the sale of the property, including, but not limited to, soliciting or receiving the order, either directly or indirectly, at a place of business of the retailer in the County or through any representative, agent, canvasser, solicitor, subsidiary, or person in the County under the authority of the retailer. 

    7. “A retailer engaged in business in the County” shall also include any retailer of any of the following: vehicles subject to registration pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 3 of the Vehicle Code, aircraft licensed in compliance with Section 21411 of the Public Utilities Code, or undocumented vessels registered under Division 3.5 (commencing with Section 9840) of the Vehicle Code. That retailer shall be required to collect use tax from any purchaser who registers or licenses the vehicle, vessel, or aircraft at an address in the County.
  D. Any person subject to use tax under this ordinance may credit against that tax any transactions tax or reimbursement for transactions tax paid to a county imposing, or retailer liable for a transactions tax pursuant to Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code with respect to the sale to the person of the property the storage, use or other consumption of which is subject to the use tax.

3.30.120 Amendments.
All amendments subsequent to the effective date of this ordinance to Part 1 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code relating to sales and use taxes and which are not inconsistent with Part 1.6 and Part 1.7 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and all amendments to Part 1.6 and Part 1.7 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, shall automatically become a part of this ordinance, provided however, that no such amendment shall operate so as to affect the rate of tax imposed by this ordinance.

3.30.130 Enjoining Collection Forbidden.
No injunction or writ of mandate or other legal or equitable process shall issue in any suit, action or proceeding in any court against the State or the County, or against any officer of the State or the County, to prevent or enjoin the collection under this ordinance, or Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, of any tax or any amount of tax required to be collected.

3.30.140 Termination Date.
The authority to levy the tax imposed by this ordinance shall expire fourteen years from the operative date of this ordinance, on March 31, 2031.

3.30.150 Receipt of Proceeds
The revenue generated by this ordinance shall be transferred by the County Auditor-Controller into an account specifically created for and under the Napa Open Space District, not to be comingled with the County’s funds in accordance with the Fiscal Policies and Procedures adopted by the District Board.

3.30.160 Use of Proceeds.
The proceeds of the taxes imposed by this ordinance shall be used solely for the projects and purpose set forth in the expenditure plan and for the administration thereof. Pursuant to the requirements of Government Code §50075.1, (1) the expenditure plan constitutes the statement of the specific purposes for which the revenue generated by this ordinance may be expended, (2) the expenditure of the revenue generated by this ordinance shall be restricted to the purposes stated in the expenditure plan. These funds shall not be utilized by the District for the cost of any legal proceeding or action against Napa County, its staff, its agents or its officers.

3.30.170 Establish and Increase Appropriations Limit.
Pursuant to California Constitution Article XIIIB, the appropriations limit for the Napa Open Space District will be established at $12,000,000, adjusted annually for population and cost of living increases.

3.30.180 Expenditure Plan.
A. This expenditure plan outlines three project areas for spending the proceeds established by this ordinance. In subsection (B), each project area is described by its funding allocation, and types of projects and activities that the funding would support. Over the duration of the tax, it is expected that the proceeds would be utilized within the following guidelines:

  • Preservation     Minimum of 65%

 

  • Restoration/Maintenance and Public Access     Minimum of 25%
  • Youth Education     Minimum of 3%
  •  Administratio     Maximum of 3%
  • Unallocated (to be used for Project Areas)     Remaining 4%

B. Project Areas

1. Preservation: Watersheds, Rivers, Lakes, Open Space and Wildlife Habitat (a minimum of sixty-five percent of revenues). Preservation of the most valuable of Napa County’s open space lands, including watersheds, rivers, lakes and wildlife habitat, is the primary goal of this expenditure plan. In implementing this goal, the Napa Open Space District shall be guided by the principles and policies contained in its Master Plan and the Master Plan Update of 2011.

Preservation may be through acquisition of fee title ownership, or easement, or any other conveyance of partial ownership interest in real property and associated rights including but not limited to water and mineral rights.
Preservation priorities include the following:
    a.    protect local drinking water sources; 

    b.    preserve important watershed open space lands; 

    c.    protect water quality in rivers, creeks and lakes; 

    d.    protect natural areas including oak woodlands and other 
forested lands; 

    e.    preserve native biodiversity by protecting critical habitats 
and wildlife corridors; 

    f.    acquire rights-of-ways and land needed to implement the 
public access goals of the Napa Open Space District Master 
Plan; 

    g.    support the continuation of agriculture by protecting key 
agricultural lands, 

    h.    complete regional parks and close gaps between protected 
local, state and federal lands; 

    i.    provide open space parks close to where people live, and 
trails that connect communities to nature; 

    j.    take advantage of one-time opportunities to preserve 
important open space lands or address immediate threats to 
water quality, water supply and natural habitats; 

    k.    implement the open space goals of the five cities in Napa County that are consistent with the goals of the Napa Open 
Space District Master Plan.

    l.    The following are examples of important preservation projects:
        i.    protect Skyline Wilderness Park so it cannot be sold by the State of California for non-park development and resource extraction; 

        ii.    complete protection of the Suscol Headwaters between Skyline Park and Highway 12, protecting a prime steelhead spawning creek, a Native American village site, and offering some of the best views in the Bay Area; 

        iii.    protect open space lands in the Moore Creek/Lake Hennessey and Milliken watersheds that provide water for the City of Napa, diverse wildlife habitat, and exceptional recreation potential; 

        iv.    protect open space lands that are the source of drinking water for Kimball Reservoir serving City of Calistoga residents, for Bell Canyon Reservoir serving City of St. Helena residents, for the Friesen Lakes serving Angwin residents, for Rector Reservoir serving Yountville and Veterans Home residents, and for Lake Curry potentially serving City of American Canyon residents; 

        v.    protect open space lands important for protecting and improving water quality in Putah Creek and Lake Berryessa.


All acquisitions funded with revenues generated by 
 this ordinance shall only be made from willing sellers, and may never be for more than appraised fair market value. Therefore, the priorities and projects identified above are subject to the availability of willing sellers at reasonable prices.
Eligible costs associated with preservation and acquisition include, but are not limited to purchase price; legal fees associated with purchase, right of ways, or other legal matters that are required to fulfill preservation and acquisition requirements; permitting and recording fees; and direct staff costs to operate the program.
2. Restoration, Maintenance and Public Access (a minimum of twenty- five percent of revenues).
The second goal of this expenditure plan is to restore and maintain a high standard of care for parks and other public open space resources, while also facilitating appropriate public access, consistent with the Napa Open Space District Master Plan in effect at the time expenditures are made.

Restoration and maintenance priorities include the following:
    a.    ensure water quality through control of soil erosion; 

    b.    remove exotic weeds and restore native landscapes to naturally filter water, improve wildlife habitat and decrease the risk of 
catastrophic wildfire; 

    c.    improve and maintain parks to ensure they are clean, safe and 
welcoming public open spaces for healthy living--for play, for 
exercise and to relieve stress; 

    d.    repair and conserve deteriorating open space infrastructure and 
resources, including water systems, access roads, facilities and 
native American and historic resources located on public plans; 

    e.    maintain and enhance walking, hiking, biking and equestrian 
trails. 

Public access priorities include the following:
    a.    open spaces and trails close to where Napa residents live, and trails that connect communities with nature; 

    b.    nature-based recreation opportunities for all recreational interests, ages and abilities; 

    c.    improved public access to public lands; 

    d.    completion of the public facilities and recreational trail network 
proposed in the Napa Open Space District Master Plan;

Eligible costs associated with restoration, maintenance 
and public access include, but are not limited to, direct staff costs to operate the program; contracted and volunteer services; equipment and materials; and permitting and recording fees.
3. 
Youth Education (a minimum of three percent of revenues).
Funding is intended to provide every student the opportunity for at least one educational field experience per year in the open spaces protected by the Napa Open Space District to study the environment, how it functions and how to take care of it. These funds could be granted to participating non-profit organizations, teachers and schools to improve their outdoor youth education programs. Funds could also be used to provide scholarships and support for other educational activities sponsored by the Napa Open Space District.
Eligible costs associated with youth education include, but are not limited to, grants to eligible agencies and non-profit organizations; scholarships; transportation costs; and direct staff costs to operate the program.

3.30.190 Community Oversight Committee
Membership and Meeting Requirements
    1.    The Committee shall be established within six months of the 
effective date of the ordinance. 

    2.    Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the District Board. 
The role of the committee shall be to advise the District Board and staff, to make recommendations and to report their findings to the Napa community. 

    3.    Members of the Committee shall be Napa County residents who are neither elected officials of any government within Napa County, nor employees from any agency or organization that either oversees or benefits from the proceeds generated by this ordinance. 

    4.    The Committee shall consist of seven at-large members, with at least one member from each Napa Open Space District ward. At least two at large members shall have experience as public accountants, bankers, budget managers or related professional endeavors. 

    5.    The General Manager of the District, or designee, and the County Auditor-Controller shall serve as non-voting ex-officio members of the committee. 

    6.    The District Board shall approve bylaws related to the conduct of committee meetings and business. 

    7.    Meetings of the committee shall be open to the public and shall be held in compliance with the Ralph M. Brown Act, California's open meeting law 

    8.    All members of the committee shall participate in conflict of interest and ethics training pursuant to AB 1234. 

    9.    The committee shall dissolve after all revenue collected from the proceeds generated by this ordinance is expended and a final report is submitted and circulated to the Napa County community. 

    10.    No salary or stipend shall be paid to committee members. 

B. Responsibilities
    1.    Work with the County Auditor-Controller on recommended Fiscal Policies and Procedures for the District Board’s approval. 

    2.    Review expenditures on an annual basis to ensure they conform to the expenditure plan. 

    3.    With the assistance of the County Auditor-Controller, prepare an annual report within four months of the end of each fiscal year, describing how funds were spent and present to the District Board in a public meeting. 

    4.    To preserve the integrity and independence of the oversight process, the committee’s responsibilities shall not include decision-making on spending priorities, financing plans or tax rate projections or assumption and the committee shall have no authority to direct, nor shall it direct County or District staff or officials. 

C. Role of the County Auditor-Controller
    1.    Recommend draft Fiscal Policies and Procedures to the 
committee using best accounting practices, ensure strong internal controls; these procedures shall not deviate from the District’s accounting practices and system. 

    2.    Receive the tax revenues from the State and transfer them into an account specifically created for and under the Napa Open Space District. 

    3.    Provide, at least annually, a full accounting of the funds received and expended. 

    4.    Assist the Committee with the annual report and file with the District Board all reports meeting the requirements of Government Code Section 50075.3. 

    5.    File an annual report with the Napa County Board of Supervisors no later than January 1 of each year that contains the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded as identified in the Expenditure Plan as required by Government Code Sections 50075.1 and 50075.3. 


3.30.200 Implementation of the Expenditure Plan
Implementation of the expenditure plan shall be guided by the following procedures to ensure that the revenue generated by the ordinance is spent in the most efficient and effective manner possible, consistent with serving the public interest in Napa County, and the desires of the voters of Napa County.
    A.    The County Auditor-Controller shall transfer all revenues generated by the ordinance to the Napa Open Space District as they are received by the County at least quarterly, and shall be reimbursed actual costs associated with the collection, distribution and reporting of revenues and expenses. 

    B.    The District Board shall conduct a public meeting annually to gain public input on selection of projects, as part of Napa Open Space District's annual budget development process. 

    C.    Napa Open Space District revenues generated by the ordinance may be expended by the Napa Open Space District for the actual expenses of salaries, wages, benefits, and those services, including contractual services, necessary to administer the ordinance; however, in no case shall administrative expenditures exceed three percent of the annual revenues generated by the ordinance. Administrative functions include providing overall program direction and management necessary to implement Napa Open Space District policy, formulating organizational goals and objectives, coordinating generally with other agencies and organizations, and performing finance, purchasing, personnel, government and community relations functions, which are not directly related to the implementation of specific projects eligible for funding pursuant to this ordinance. Administrative functions subject to the three percent limit do not include election, legal, County Auditor-Controller and independent audit costs. 

    D.    The County (when it receives and transfers the revenues) and the Napa Open Space District (upon receipt of the revenues) are charged with the fiduciary duty to administer proceeds in accordance with applicable laws and the expenditure plan. Disbursement of funds as grants shall be subject to terms and conditions that may include, but are not limited to, the Napa Open Space District's right to 1) require grantees to enter into grant agreements with the Napa Open Space District; 2) require matching funds; and 3) audit a grantee’s use of proceeds. 

    E.    Actual revenues generated by the ordinance may be higher or lower than estimates in this plan due to variability in annual receipts caused by changes in the economy generally and the level of tourism spending in Napa County. The Napa Open Space District shall annually estimate revenue generated by the ordinance, and adjust expenditures as necessary to avoid deficit spending. 

    F.    The Napa Open Space District may accumulate revenue over multiple years so that sufficient funding is available for larger and long-term projects. All interest income shall be used for the purposes identified in this expenditure plan. 

    G.    The District Board will direct staff on the utilization of the remaining four percent of revenues not directly allocated to the project areas detailed above. These revenues shall only be used to fund the project areas in the fiscal year of collection or may be accumulated to provide funding for larger and long-term projects. These funds shall not be used to supplement the three percent of funds allocated for the administration costs of this ordinance. 

    H.    All funds generated by this ordinance shall only be used for projects that are consistent with the general plans and zoning ordinances of the affected jurisdictions. 

    I.    Regarding real property acquisitions, revenues generated by the ordinance may only be used for real property acquisition projects located wholly or at least partially within Napa County. 

    J.    Revenues generated by the ordinance shall not be used to incur bonded indebtedness. 

    K.    To enhance local workforce development and employment opportunities, and involve youth and young adults in caring for our natural resources, the Napa Open Space District will seek to form partnerships with workforce development programs, youth conservation corps and local community-based non-profit organizations working with low income, at-risk and disabled youth and young adults, to incorporate job training, internships and apprenticeships into the implementation of Napa Open Space District projects. 



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