County Service Area #3
NEW: CSA No. 3 Proposition 218 public hearing and election July 18, 2023
The Napa County Board of Supervisors on May 16, 2023, approved a Proposition 218 public hearing and election for CSA No. 3 property owners to be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday July 18, 2023, in the Supervisors hearing room, County Administration Building, 1195 Third St., Third Floor, Napa, California. Property owners will decide whether they want to be assessed for the continuation of street services that includes median landscaping, street lighting, and street sweeping.
The required Engineer’s Report contains the assessment methodology, proposed Fiscal Year 2023-24 budget, and assessment roll of all CSA No. 3 property owners.
Background information on the issue is contained in the “Letter to Property Owners” that was sent on March 31, 2023.
In March 1979, the Napa County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution of Formation No. 79-28, by which County Service Area No. 3 (CSA No. 3) was formed. CSA No.3, which is located within the Napa County Airport Industrial Area, was formed in response to a property owners' petition seeking the delivery of County services not otherwise provided to residents in the unincorporated areas of the County. Currently, CSA No. 3 provides structural fire protection, street side landscaping, street and highway lighting and street sweeping within the district.
Funding for the delivery of services to CSA No. 3 derives from assessments levied upon property within the district in proportion to the level of benefits provided for each property. In 1997 voting was conducted pursuant to the requirements of Proposition 218, wherein property owners within the service area were asked to vote on the methodology used to determine assessments. The property owners approved the assessment methodology, set assessments and approved the concept of cost of living increases for future years. Thereafter, the budget and assessments for CSA No. 3 have been approved by the Board of Supervisors each fiscal year in conformance with the requirements of Proposition 218, County Service Area Law, and the methodology approved by the voters of CSA No. 3 in 1997.
Countywide Fire Fund Subsidizing
CSA No. 3 was formed with the knowledge that the initial assessment revenue would not be sufficient to cover the CSA No. 3 cost responsibility for fire protection. This has resulted in the Countywide Fire Fund subsidizing the shortfall. It is anticipated that ultimately sufficient revenue will be available to pay for CSA No. 3 expenses and retire the Fire Fund subsidy as more commercial square footage is developed within CSA No. 3. There is also the provision for annual rate increases based upon the 'Engineering New Record' Construction Cost Index.
See the CSA #3 Engineering Report .