The city of Napa has initiated a process that could end up saving it about $50,000 a year in property taxes.
Napa is asking the Local Agency Formation Commission to annex the city’s Materials Diversion Facility, a 18.6-acre parcel located south of the city near the Napa County Airport.
The move is intended to save the city money on property tax and simplify property management, the city’s senior planner, Scott Klingbeil, said.
The Materials Diversion Facility, a recycling center for materials collected by Napa Recycling & Waste Services, has been in operation since 1994. The city bought the site in 2004. Napa is required to pay property tax on the land because it is located outside city boundaries.
If the property were annexed, the city would no longer have to pay the tax, which amounts to about $50,000 each year, according to city officials.
The proposal could go before LAFCO in early 2013, but could be delayed if issues arise, said LAFCO’s Executive Officer Keene Simonds.
“It seems relatively straightforward, so ... I would anticipate there would be a very good chance that the commission would have this before us at our February meeting,” Simonds said.
The commission will look at 18 or so factors that the state requires be vetted prior to annexation, Simonds said.
With LAFCO’s approval, a city may annex territory under 300 acres that is geographically removed from the city so long as the land is located in the same county as the city, owned by the city and used for municipal purposes.
In the event the city were to sell the land in the future, it would revert to being county land as a means to safeguard against the city flipping the annexed property for non-municipal purposes, Simonds said.
In addition to approving the annexation request, the Napa City Council last month unanimously pre-zoned the property as a “public quasi public: airport compatibility overlay” district. The move does not change the permitted uses of the land, but is a necessary step in bringing the land into the city, according to officials.
“What’s there today is what will be there in the future,” Klingbeil said.
The property is currently in the county’s industrial land category and is surrounded by the county airport, a concrete pipe manufacturer, trucking companies and vacant industrial property, according to the city.