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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Napa County
Measure I - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

37,767 votos si (70.1%)

16,112 votos no (29.9%)

100% de distritos activos (170/170).

56,923 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Transient occupancy tax
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Shall Ordinance No. 2018-__ be enacted? (To increase, improve, and preserve affordable and workforce housing in Napa County, the Ordinance would increase the existing transient occupancy tax on hotel charges to visitors of 30 days or less in the unincorporated area from 12% to 13%, with all revenue from the 1% increase (estimated: $1.1 million annually) to be restricted to providing programs and services for affordable and workforce housing.)

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Napa County Counsel


The purpose of Measure I is to enable the voters to enact or reject an ordinance that would increase by one percent (1%) the Transient Occupancy Tax (“Hotel Tax”). Napa County currently assesses a Hotel Tax on persons occupying any lodging for thirty days or less. The Hotel Tax applies only to lodging located in Napa County but outside any city or town. Some examples of lodging include hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast inns.

Napa County currently imposes a Hotel Tax of twelve percent, or twelve cents on each dollar of the rate charged. Measure I would amend the Napa County Code to increase that Hotel Tax rate to thirteen percent, or thirteen cents on each dollar of the rate charged. Measure I, if approved, would apply only to lodgings in the unincorporated areas of Napa County. It would not apply to the cities or towns in Napa County.

If approved by the voters, revenues generated from the thirteen percent Hotel Tax must be allocated as follows: twelve percent must be allocated to the County’s general fund and may be used for general governmental purposes, and one percent must be placed in a segregated account and restricted to affordable and workforce housing programs and services.

California law requires voter approval of general and special taxes. The voter approval requirement is higher for special taxes than general taxes. General taxes may be used for any lawful governmental purpose. Special taxes may only be used for the purposes identified in the tax measure. General tax increases must be approved by a majority of the voters. Special tax increases must be approved by two-thirds of the voters. Because Measure I requires funds generated as a result of the imposition of the increased rate to be restricted for a specific, identified purpose, Measure I is considered a special tax. The Hotel Tax increase was approved by the Board of the Supervisors and is now on the ballot for voter approval.

A YES VOTE MEANS you want to increase the Hotel Tax in the unincorporated areas of the County by 1% and take related actions described above.

A NO VOTE MEANS you do not want to increase the Hotel Tax by 1% in the unincorporated areas of the County.

Jeffrey M. Brax County Counsel


The above statement is an impartial analysis of proposed Ordinance No. 2018-04 (Measure "I"). If you desire a copy of the Measure I, please contact the elections official’s office at(707) 253-4322 and a copy will be provided at no cost to you. You can also access the full text of the ordinance on the County website at the following address:

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

County of Napa Argument In Favor of Measure I

Housing that is affordable to Napa County’s workforce is a priority of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, the local lodging industry, and community leaders.

Measure “I” increases the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) on hotels outside city limits in the unincorporated County, from 12% to 13%, and segregates those new funds (over $1 million annually) for workforce and affordable housing projects, programs, and services.

Simply put, many people that work in Napa County cannot afford to live in Napa County. This forces workers to live outside the County and commute, causing traffic, social, andother environmental impacts. Under Measure “I”, visitors to Napa County hotels will help pay for housing opportunities for our workforce including those employed in hospitality, the wine industry, retail, public safety, and education.

Measure “I” revenues will be protected and set aside only to provide for programs and services that provide affordable and workforce housing. Funds generated by Measure “I’will be collected and managed by Napa County. Funds can be leveraged with other sources for programs like increasing housing stock for the workforce and down payment assistance programs for home ownership.

Measure “I” only applies to hotels outside the city limits although it is voted on by all Napa County residents. The cities and town throughout the county are also asking voters to increase TOT by 1% for housing as there is a county-wide housing/jobs imbalance.

Yes” vote on Measure I” will provide a continued source of revenue for workforce and affordable housing.

/s/Chair Brad Wagenknecht
on behalf of the Napa County Board of Supervisors

/s/Jill Techel
Mayor, City of Napa

/s/Kathleen Reynolds
President/CEP, Napa Valley Community Housing

/s/Clay Gregory
President/CEO, Visit Napa Valley

/s/Travis Stanley
President/CEO, Napa Chamber of Commerce

— Napa County Elections Office

Argumento EN CONTRA

There is no argument against Measure I

— Napa County Elections Office
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