The League of Women Voters of Napa County endorses all the local measures that increase the transient occupancy tax (TOT or hotel tax) by 1 percent to help fund affordable and workforce housing. They are Measure I (Napa County), Measure D (Calistoga), Measure E (St. Helena), Measure F (Napa), Measure H (American Canyon), and Measure S (Yountville).
The current 12 percent hotel tax, paid solely by lodgers, goes toward the county’s or a municipality’s general fund. The 1 percent increase would be placed in a dedicated fund to help provide more housing in our community. Because this is considered a special tax, passage requires two-thirds voter approval. Voters need to vote for the county tax (Measure I), as well as the tax for the city or town in which they reside.
The League of Women Voters of California has issued its recommendations for seven of the 11 propositions on the November ballot. League positions do not cover the following propositions: #7 (Daylight Saving Time), #8 (Dialysis), #11 (Ambulance Drivers), and #12 (Farm Animals). Briefly, the recommendations are as follows:
#1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond – YES
#2: Homeless Housing Bond – YES
#3: Water Bond – NO
#4: Children’s Hospital Bond – NO
#5: Property Tax – NO
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#6: Repeal Gas Tax – NO
#10: Repeal Costa-Hawkins – YES
You can find detailed information on LWV California’s endorsements at lwvc.org/vote/elections/ballot-recommendations. Also check out LWV California’s Easy Voter Guide (easyvoterguide.org) (English and Spanish) for an impartial analysis of the propositions, and Voter’s Edge (votersedge.org/ca) (English and Spanish) for nonpartisan candidate statements and lots of impartial proposition information.
With implementation of the Voter’s Choice Act in Napa County in 2018, there are lots of ways to cast your ballot. Postage is now free to voters in the general election, but the county must still pay the bill. So look for ballot drop boxes, free and centrally located in your community. You can also visit a vote center and get all sorts of services, including the ability to register and vote up to and including election day! Two vote centers are open for 11 days and six are open for four days through Nov. 6. No more excuses not to register and not to vote!
Go to the Election Office’s website, services.countyofnapa.org/VoterInfo, for more information about the many voting options now available to you. Vote early, vote late, but vote. Your vote is our future.
Robyn Orsini, president
League of Women Voters of Napa County