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Funds for the development of a two-acre “Hidden Glen Park” as a part of a garbage rate increase was authorized and implemented by the city of Napa in January of 2007. A master plan for this park was not developed until May of 2008. At that time, this park was expected to be completed by the winter of 2009. Another garbage rate increase in 2012 also argued that a part of the rate increase was required for Hidden Glen Park development.

A Napa Valley Register article of Jan. 29, 2012 reported ongoing lawsuit delays and noted that between July 2009 through June 2011 a total of $310,000 had been collected from Napa garbage ratepayers for design and construction of this park.

It seems that that this amount of funding has continued to be collected since 2008. Hidden Glen Park has not been constructed.

Based on recent court actions as reported in the Register it is likely that this park will never be constructed. Instead it appears to be a certainty that the city of Napa could be required by court actions to pay local developers more than $4.5 million in damages for failure to complete this park as originally promised.

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I note that although no park has been constructed as promised our garbage fees have not been decreased since 2008. In fact, the yet-to-be-determined developers damages as a result of the city’s failure to complete this park ultimately can also be expected to be passed on to Napa residents as a continuing part of their garbage bills.

Jack Gray, Director

Napa County Taxpayers Association

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