Place Napa County Open Space Measure on March 2020 Primary Election Ballot

Place Napa County Open Space Measure on March 2020 Primary Election Ballot

 

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August 13, 2019

Napa County Board of Supervisors

1195 Third Street

Suite 310

Napa, CA 94559

RE: Place Napa County Open Space Measure on March 2020 Primary Election Ballot

Dear Napa County Board of Supervisors,

Greenbelt Alliance urges you to place a new quarter-cent sales tax measure to fund open space and parks on the March 2020 ballot as recommended by the Napa County Regional Park & Open Space District board and staff.

Greenbelt Alliance addresses a single challenge:  how the Bay Area handles growth. We shape the rules that govern growth to protect the region’s open spaces and to ensure neighborhoods within our cities and towns are amazing places for everyone.

Greenbelt Alliance is ready to jump in and help pass the proposed open space measure that would generate $9 million year to forever protect critical open space lands, improve trails and campsites, and help city parks and recreation, as follows:  

·         At least 52 percent would be spent on preserving watersheds, rivers, lakes, open space and wildlife habitat;

·         25 percent on operating, maintaining and improving open space;

·         20 percent on parks and recreation projects in local cities; and

·         3 percent on administrative overhead.

The new measure will open up new and exciting possibilities for open space protections and outdoor experiences for Napa residents and visitors for the next 15 years and beyond.

The newly adopted Napa County Regional Parks and Open Space District Master Plan provides illuminating details on the multiple projects and plans in the works. These run the gamut from bike trails along the Napa River to trails that lead to the top of Berryessa Peak to a camp and nature trail for the visually impaired.

As you know, since the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District (Napa Outdoors) was formed in 2006 by a vote of the people, you have allocated monies each year by the supervisors from the county general fund. This has allowed Napa Outdoors to preserve 5,090 acres of open space, open up 53 miles of non-motorized recreational trails, and save two State Parks from closing among many other projects to benefit Napa residents and visitors. The new open space measure will allow Napa Outdoors to rise to the next level and take on so much more!

In 2016 the Napa County Board of Supervisors placed a similar open space measure on the ballot, which almost passed but fell just 1.9 percent short of the required 2/3 majority.

At Greenbelt Alliance we are committed to partnering with the people of Napa to get the open space measure over the line this time.

Please vote to place the Napa Open Space Measure on the ballot for the March 2020 primary election.

Sincerely yours,

Teri Shore

Regional Director, North Bay

707 565 3771

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