Napa County Annual Report
This page contains the complete text of the current Napa County Annual Report.
2019 Year in Review
At the close of each year, we look back at our accomplishments, both as the Board of Supervisors providing leadership for the Napa Valley, and as members of Napa County’s government providing vital services to the people we represent and value.
Everything we do is the product of our County workforce. More than 1,400 strong, Napa County’s government is filled with dedicated men and women who do it all for the benefit of the people we serve.
Just as important as what we did is the acknowledgement of who was involved: the people, the cities and towns, the schools, and the organizations with whom we partnered, as well as those we helped in difficult times.
The year 2019 had its challenges, whether it was winter floods, a prolonged fire season, or PG&E’s numerous Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) impacting most of our population. We responded by working with our partners, both governmental and non-governmental, to assist those in need.
When we were not dealing with emergencies in 2019, we: improved roads throughout the county using dedicated taxpayer dollars for transportation; built more affordable housing for our workforce and low-income residents; and provided free flu shots for the public and vaccinated the homeless against disease.
You will find much more to read about in the following pages. We hope you enjoy learning about our accomplishments as much as we enjoyed working on them for the betterment of our County and our community.
-Board of Supervisors & CEO Minh C. Tran
Vibrant and Sustainable Environment
Napa County is committed to sound and effective management of the Napa Valley’s natural resources, as well as preparing for and responding to the impacts of Climate Change. With these goals in mind, the County took several important steps in 2019 by:
- Agreeing to work jointly with American Canyon, Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga to develop a countywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction plan.
- Creating a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) to ensure the continued and proper management of groundwater supplies in the Napa Valley.
- Adopting the Water Quality and Tree Protection Ordinance to bolster protections for water quality and forests.
- Agreeing with the City of Napa to monitor jointly the Hennessy and Milliken Watersheds for three years to ensure the health and water quality of these two important reservoirs.
Safe and Welcoming Place to Live, Work and Visit
Public health continues to be a key focus of the County’s efforts to further improve the wellbeing of our community. For the past four years, we have participated in the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot Program—a coordination of health, mental health and social services to help vulnerable Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Napa County’s program focuses on Medi-Cal clients experiencing, or at risk of becoming, homeless who have a history of poor health.
As part of the WPC program, the County’s Housing and Homeless Programs partnered with Public Health in 2019 to offer vaccines for six communicable diseases to Whole Person Care clients and others receiving services at the South Napa Shelter. Studies have shown that homeless populations often experience higher rates of certain diseases, and prevention by vaccine can reduce this risk as well as hospitalizations and other health care costs. Over four days, 364 injections were provided to 139 clients—an average of 3.2 vaccines per person. This program will continue in 2020 to ensure that additional clients have access to preventative medicine.
Additionally, Public Health offered its annual Free Flu Vaccine Clinics throughout the Napa Valley. In 2019, Napa County administered 1,778 free flu vaccines at nine clinics from American Canyon to Calistoga—a 20% increase from 2018.
Alert & Warning Notification Test
Napa County in December 2019 conducted a “geofencing” communications test using the Nixle and WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) systems as part of ongoing disaster preparedness. Test messages were sent to cell phones in and near the Aetna Springs, Pope Valley, and Angwin areas to gauge the reach of wireless signals in remote areas. Messages were also sent through the NOAA Weather Radio Network to test the effectiveness of weather radios for transmitting emergency communications. The tests produced important data for analysis by our Office of Emergency Services.
Livable Economy for All
Napa County celebrated the creation of 148 affordable housing units in 2019, with still more to come. The following projects would not have been possible without the collaboration of our public and private partners, and their dedication to bringing more workforce housing to Napa County:
- Valley View Senior Homes, American Canyon, 69 units
- Stoddard West, Napa, 50 units
- Napa Courtyards, Napa, 20 units
- Turley Flats, St. Helena, 8 units
- Habitat for Humanity, Napa, 1 unit
Another big housing achievement for the County in 2019 was the passage of Senate Bill 235 in Sacramento. SB 235, authored by State Senator Bill Dodd of Napa, allowed for the County and the City of Napa to share credit for the 140 affordable housing units that the Napa Pipe project will build. Without the legislation, Napa County could not count the new affordable housing towards the County’s Housing Element and meet its Regional Housing Needs Allocation. Before SB 235, state law did not allow two jurisdictions to share credit for new housing.
Key Public Works Projects Completed in 2019:*
- Resurfacing runways at the Napa County Airport
- Paving Zinfandel Stice Subdivision
- New retaining wall near Pratt Avenue
- Paving Silverado Trail from Yountville to Skellinger
- Devlin Road paving from Tower to South Kelly roads
- Milliken/Trancas Stone Bridge Repair
Collaborative and Engaged Community
The Napa County Library continues to be a pillar of community engagement. In 2019, with the help of a California State Library grant and a local donor, the Library launched its very first “bike branch”—a specially designed bicycle and trailer that staff pedal to community events to share everything from books to arts and crafts and more. The bike branch with its unique design and colorful drawings is a great conversation starter and provides opportunities to inform people of the many services and programs available through the Library.
The Library in 2019 also installed mini children’s “libraries” at two local laundromats in Napa—with more to come—so kids have the chance to read books with their parents while doing laundry. The initiative introduces young readers to the world of literacy and imagination, and reminds parents that their local library branch is a great place to visit for books and other services.
On June 4, 2019, Napa County hosted its inaugural Community Open House and Emergency Preparedness Fair at the County Administration Building in downtown Napa. More than 350 people attended the fair that served as an opportunity for the County to showcase available services with an emphasis on emergency preparedness resources. The 2nd Annual Community Open House and Emergency Preparedness Fair will take place on May 12, 2020.
Cannabis Community Workshops
Napa County will host two educational workshops in 2020 for the public to learn about issues related to the legalization of commercial cannabis enterprises.
The workshops will be held on March 25 in Napa and March 26 in St. Helena. Look for more details on CountyofNapa.org and on its social media.
Effective and Open Government
Napa County was one of the most impacted jurisdictions by PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), enduring seven separate PSPS events in 2019 that left local residents and businesses without electricity for days at a time.
For hundreds of individuals who rely on electrical powered medical equipment at home, the power shutoffs posed a serious risk to their health. But Napa County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) made sure every person who relies on ventilators, oxygen concentrators, artificial hearts and more were contacted and provided assistance.
During the five PSPS events involving Napa County in October and November, HHSA officials reached out to more than 1,500 individuals through phone calls and by going door-to-door with help from Napa County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
The County also operated a Call Center to help the general public, fielding more than 2,700 calls during the October PSPS events.
Where Does Your Property Tax Dollar Go?
- 22% County
- 12% Cities & Towns
- 2% Special Districts
- 64% Schools
Note: Based on Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Assessed Values
Napa County Fiscal Year 2019-20 Adopted Budget
Where the Money Comes From: Total $470,878,520 (100.0%)
- Property, Sales & Other Taxes: $142,364,876 (32.0%)
- License, Permits & Franchise Fees: $9,714,260 (2.1%)
- Intergovernmental Revenues: $90,447,919 (32.3%)
- Fund Balance & Reserves: $72,304,829 (11.5%)
- All Other: $8,533,136 (1.2%)
- Charges for Services: $38,463,179 (8.7%)
- Other Financing Sources: $82,448,644 (7.0%)
- Intrafund Transfers: $26,601,677 (5.2%)
Where the Money Goes: $470,878,520 (100.0%)
- General Government & Debt Service: $87,909,184 (19.7%)
- Education, Recreation & Cultural Services: $23,543,145 (5.2%)
- Public Protection: $151,402,708 (33.0%)
- Public Ways & Facilities: $11,220,840 (1.8%)
- Fund Balance & Reserves: $58,087,773 (10.4%)
- Health & Sanitation: $74,568,872 (16.2%)
- Public Assistance: $64,145,998 (13.7%)
Data sources: Napa County 2019-2020 Adopted Budget and Napa County Auditor-Controller.
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For the Future Napa County is an agricultural treasure known for its legendary wines, our small-town character, and sustainable natural resources.
Napa County is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and the environment and to providing leadership and services to advance the health, safety, and economic wellbeing of current and future generations.
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