Editor's Note: Council member Scott Sedgley has provided documentation that Council member Doris Gentry has consistently voted in favor of the Civic Center project referenced in this letter. The Register has asked the author to specify what vote he was referring to, but he has so far not responded.
We have two candidates from the Napa City Council running for mayor.
They have served together on the council for over three years. Many of their votes have been identical during their current term, but not all of them.
One vote specifically comes to mind. They voted differently on the Civic Center project with Plenary. This started off as a $50 million or so project that eventually grew to over $200 million. Scott Sedgley championed the project while Doris Gentry opposed it. Thankfully the boondoggle was defeated 3-2.
Could you imagine what kind of financial position our city would be in now, if we were in the middle of building that right now?
Scott Sedgley insisted that we needed it and we don’t have to worry about money because we have the Golden Goose also known as Transient Occupancy Tax.
You can’t count on TOT like Sedgley thinks you can. This isn’t the first time that we have experienced a shortfall of projected TOT. The fire a few years ago also pumped the brakes on tourism here.
Hopefully Napa can recover from the current Shelter In Place order. We need a mayor that will be fiscally responsible and make sound decisions about our city’s assets regarding what we fix, rebuild or sell. I believe Doris Gentry is the right candidate to manage our money.
Stay healthy, Napa.
Vote Doris Gentry.
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