Flood Authority Financial Oversight Committee

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Members

  • Environmental Community - Genji Schmeder, Chair
  • Business Community - Derek Anderson
  • Napa County Taxpayers - Jill Barwick
  • Town of Yountville - Michael Bunch
  • Health & Human Services - Kathleen Dreessen
  • Agricultural Industry - Tory Britton Sims
  • Agricultural Industry - Carl Ebbeson (Vice-Chair)
  • Certified Public Accountant - Conrad Hewitt
  • Friends of the Napa River - Bernhard Krevet
  • City of Calistoga - Brian McBride
  • City of St. Helena - Peter Murphy
  • Environmental Community - Charles Youngson
  • City of Napa - Christopher Adams

Membership & Method of Appointment

Measure A specifies that the members of the FOC shall be appointed by the Napa County Board of Supervisors to meet the following criteria:

  • One representative recommended by each of the five city or town councils within Napa County, and one representative recommended by the Napa County Board of Supervisors, for a total of six members.
  • Two representatives, each of whom must be recommended by the Business Community. Developing the list of recommended individuals is the responsibility of the Napa Chamber of Commerce after consulting with the other chambers of commerce organized within the County, the Napa Valley Economic Development Corporation, and the Napa Downtown Merchants Association and reviewing all applications submitted to those organizations as well as any applications submitted directly to the Clerk of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
  • One representative recommended by the Local Media. Developing the list of recommended individuals will be the responsibility of the Napa Valley Register after consulting with the Napa Sentinel, KVON/KVYN, the St. Helena Star, and Weekly Calistogan and reviewing all applications submitted to those organizations was well as any applications submitted directly to the Clerk of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
  • One representative recommended by the Napa County Taxpayers Association. Developing the list of recommended individuals will be the responsibility of the Napa County Taxpayers Association after reviewing all applications submitted to the Napa County Taxpayers association as well as any applications submitted directly to the Clerk of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
  • Two representatives recommended by the Environmental Community. Developing the list of recommended individuals will be the responsibility of the Napa County Sierra Club after consulting with formally organized environmental organizations having a presence in the County of Napa and reviewing all applications submitted to those organizations as well as any applications submitted directly to the Clerk of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
  • One representative recommended by the Friends of the Napa River. Developing the list of the recommended individuals will be the responsibility of the Friends of the Napa River after reviewing all applications submitted to the Friends of the Napa River as well as any applications submitted directly to the Clerk of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
  • Two representatives recommended by the Agricultural Industry. Developing a list of recommended individuals will be the responsibility of the office of the Napa County Farm Bureau after consulting with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association and the Napa Valley Vinters Association and reviewing all applications submitted to those organizations as well as any applications submitted directly to the Clerk of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
  • One representative recommended by Health and Human Services. Developing a list of recommended individuals will be the responsibility of the office of the Napa County Health and Human Services after consulting with the office of the Napa County Board of Supervisors and reviewing all applications submitted to those organizations as well as any applications submitted directly to the Clerk of the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
  • A certified public accountant recommended by the FOC members appointed under (a) through (g), whose practice includes auditing public agencies but who is not currently acting as an independent auditor in the case of any incorporated area within the County or for the County.

Measure A Financial Oversight Committee

The Napa County Measure A Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) comprises 17 Napa County citizens, appointed by the Napa County Board of Supervisors. Their charge is to ensure that the local sales tax money raised as a result of the passage of the March 1998 Measure A Flood Protection and Watershed Improvement Ordinance is used only for the flood protection and watershed improvement projects listed in the Ordinance.

The Financial Oversight Committee has two functions. The majority of the Committee’s time is expected to be spent informing the public regarding the expenditure of Flood Protection Sales Tax proceeds that will be generated as a result of the approval of Ordinance Number 1 (NCFPWIA) (hereafter "Measure A"). The Committee may also be required to review replacement projects and make recommendations regarding such projects to the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District (the "District"), which shall then consider recommending such projects to the Napa County Flood Protection and Watershed Improvement Authority (the "Authority"). However, replacement projects may be reviewed and recommended by the Committee only if a project identified in Section 8 of Measure A is determined to be not economically or environmentally feasible.

Responsibilities

The Measure A Ordinance states that the Financial Oversight Committee shall be responsible for:

  • Providing the public with information regarding the manner in which expenditures of Flood Protection Sales Tax proceeds have occurred
  • Reviewing the expenditures of Flood Protection Sales Tax proceeds, and the expenditure of proceeds received as a result of the issuance of bonds or other obligations payable from Flood Protection Sales Tax proceeds, and causing to be prepared an annual audit regarding the use of these proceeds
  • Reviewing the financial impact of all projects approved by the Authority utilizing Flood Protection Sales Tax proceeds and advising the public whether such projects are consistent with the purpose, spirit, intent, and language of Measure A
  • Informing the public if there is an expenditure of Flood Protection Sales Tax proceeds which is inconsistent with the purpose and intent of Measure A
  • Making recommendations to the District regarding replacement projects as required by Measure A