During a routine audit by the County Auditor’s Office it was discovered that an additional year of the Stormwater System Tax Assessment – established by Ordinance No. 096-005 - was collected in error. This assessment was set to end on June 20, 2016, but was inadvertently added to the tax roll for Fiscal Year 2016/17. Steps are being taken to issue a refund to all City of Napa residents and businesses in the coming months. The full amount collected in error amounted to $409,783.37, which results in an average refund of $12 per parcel or single family property. Over the next few months, refunds will be mailed to those owed a refund.
There is no impact to the City’s General Fund; however, 2018 drainage improvement projects near Minahen Street and related paving will be delayed, perhaps by a few years. These projects may still be covered by other funds identified by the City, and this delay allows for time to make additional design changes or enhancements that may not have been possible before.
This is an unfortunate error and we are taking the necessary steps to keep it from happening again. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions about this reimbursement, please call Public Works at (707) 257-9520.
Did you receive a check? Not sure what parcel it is for? You can look up the address associated with the parcel number at the County Assessor's Office webpage here. Just use the parcel number that is listed on the check you received (in the Invoice Number field on your check stub) - you can enter it with or without the dashes.
Why just orange and black? Let’s go GREEN for Halloween!
The City of Napa and Community Resources for Children are sponsoring another FREE Halloween Costume Exchange – thanks to all those who donated and picked up costumes at the Oxbow Public Market’s Locals’ Night and the OxBOO Fall Festival!
Make Halloween eek-o-friendly! Respook, Rewear, Rescare!
You can donate gently worn costumes from November 1-13 – we’ll redistribute donated costumes at a free swap event next October.
BRING YOUR COSTUMES TO ONE OF OUR DROP-OFF LOCATIONS
Las Flores Community Center
4300 Linda Vista Avenue • Mon–Fri, 8am–5pm
Napa County Library
580 Coombs Street
Mon–Thurs, 10am–9pm and Fri–Sat, 10am–6pm
Napa County Administration Building
1195 Third Street • Mon–Fri, 8am–5pm
Community Resources for Children*
3299 Claremont Way • Mon–Thurs, 9am–5pm and Fri, 10am–4pm
*This is the ONLY location able to offer a receipt for your tax-deductible costume donation.
Costumes will also be accepted on America Recycles Day, November 12th at Vallerga’s Market from 11am to 3pm.
Please do not drop off costumes at any time other than the specified days and hours listed above!
Businesses interested in donating costumes should contact the Community Resources for Children office at (707) 253-0376.
Looking to reduce waste this Halloween? Check out these tips from CalRecycle for an Eek-o Friendly Halloween.
And, after Halloween, don’t forget to compost your old jack-o-lanterns…toss those pumpkins in the brown compost cart! And, compost all your leaves, food scraps and soiled paper too!
Want to make a difference in your community? Do you have expertise you could share? The City Clerk is accepting applications from Napa Residents for a total of three openings to serve on the Planning Commission. Deadline for submission of applications is 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017.
The Planning Commission is advisory to the City Council on matters related to land use and planning, particularly related to amendments to the City's General Plan policies and Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Commission is the decision-making body for specified land use actions, including conditional use permits and design review permits. One of the three appointments shall fill the requirement of “design professional”. Applicants must be City of Napa residents and registered voters. The Planning Commission meets regularly on the first and third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located at City Hall, 955 School Street.
The City of Napa recruits throughout the year for interested residents to serve on a variety of boards and commissions that examine issues of community concern. Volunteers appointed to serve on a board or commission help City Council and city departments examine issues and, in turn, shape the future of Napa. Board and Commission members are appointed by the City Council and terms vary but are typically either two or three years. Most board members must be city residents and registered voters.
To find out more about the different commissions, committees and boards and to apply online, click here. For more information contact Dorothy Roberts, City Clerk, at (707) 257-9503.
Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF) approved distributions from its Disaster Relief Fund totaling $3 million to help local workers facing serious financial hardships because of the economic slow-down brought about by the devastating fires of recent weeks in Napa Valley. Cash aid is now available for low-to-moderate income Napa County workers who need financial assistance, as a result of the fires, to help pay for: rent or security deposits; utility and phone bills; auto loans; childcare; or healthcare expenditures. At this time, the Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) program is taking applications until November 9. Through October 31, those who wish to apply for the EFA program should visit the Local Assistance Center (LAC) at 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Building A, in Napa. Thereafter, residents facing financial hardship because of the fires should call to make an appointment at one of the following community-based nonprofit organizations, each of which is already working with prospective EFA clients that were referred through the LAC in recent days: Cope Family Center (707-252-1123); McPherson Neighborhood Family Resource Center (a program of On the Move, 707-251-9432); and Up Valley Family Centers, with offices in Calistoga and St. Helena (707-965-5010 x 403).
Hazardous Debris and Ash
Debris and ash from residential and commercial fires is likely hazardous and may contain toxic substances due to the presence of synthetic and hazardous materials. Napa County is working to secure assistance from State agencies that will ensure proper handling and disposal of household hazardous waste products as well as debris and ash from the fire. It is expected that State agencies will be in Napa as soon as next week to start. Please be patient as this process unfolds. In the meantime, in order to protect your health and the health of your neighbors, you should NOT begin any debris removal at this time. Please refer to the advisories regarding safety precautions related to re-entry and debris ash. Until all hazardous wastes have been removed and the property is cleared of debris and all contaminated soil has been removed, no demolition permits or building permits will be issued.
Click here to read more information from the County on hazardous debris from the fire.
Green Waste and Compostable Material
Residents may bring green waste and yard trimmings to the Napa Recycling & Composting Facility but we want to remind you that there is a fee ($18 minimum charge or $44/ton). Alternatively, you can use your normal brown curbside compost cart (or carts) for a wide range of compostable materials (including yard trimmings, food scraps & soiled paper) at no additional charge. We encourage curbside collection of green waste as there are vehicle count & tonnage limits on self-haul loads at our recycling and composting facility.
Residential Waste Service Information
For those who lost power last week and may need to dispose of spoiled food from their refrigerator/freezer: you can put all spoiled food - without the packaging - in your yard waste cans. Please remove the packaging first and place the packaging in the trash (film plastic) or recycling (rigid plastic) - and the food scraps in the brown compost cart. Full details of what is compostable or not compostable as well as tips for successful curbside composting are available here: www.naparecycling.com/residential-food-composting
Please visit www.naparecycling.com for more information on waste disposal.