Wine Country Cajun Festival

The Wine Country Cajun Festival brought Louisiana-style music, wine and food to downtown Napa in October 2014. The Downtown Napa Association hosted the event with help from funding raised through the city Property and Business and Improvement District, which collects assessments from parcel holders to support downtown fixtures and business promotion.

While Napa property owners decide whether to keep their downtown improvement program for five more years, the city has given its blessing.

The City Council has voted in favor of renewing the Downtown Napa Property and Business Improvement District through December 2020. The district, founded a decade ago, is scheduled to have its second five-year term end Dec. 31.

The council’s vote last week affirmed Napa’s support for the district on behalf of more than two dozen properties owned by the city or its agencies, such as the Housing Authority. The city's share would be $51,437.

Since its creation in February 2005, the improvement district has supported a variety of downtown improvements and promotions. Funds collected from downtown property assessments – about $414,000 annually - have been used toward advertising, maps and directional signs for tourists, Christmastime lighting, the Downtown Napa Association website, the Wine Country Cajun Festival, the Napa ARTwalk public sculpture exhibit, and last October’s conversion of First and Second streets to two-way traffic.

Meanwhile, a petition drive for parcel owners to renew the district began March 1 and will continue through April 17. A majority of the roughly 290 property holders, weighted by assessment, must support the improvement district for it to continue.

Afterward, council members are scheduled in May to vote on a resolution renewing the program. The five-year extension would become official on July 21, after a public hearing, counting of ballots and a final approval vote by the council.

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City of Napa/Town of Yountville Reporter

Howard Yune covers the city of Napa and the town of Yountville. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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