Napa Valley’s October wildfires damaged or destroyed 1,221 structures and wiped $730 million in assessed value — about 2% — off the property tax rolls, according to the Napa Valley Register.
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What’s the Problem?
December 20, 2017 – For the California state government, the losses equal a $3 million hit to the $205 million general fund. Other fire-related tax losses to county coffers have yet to be tallied, but it is certain that the fire recovery will add significantly to county expenses.
All of which means the wildfires will have a measurable impact on county budget decisions for the foreseeable future. County governments require funding to perform essential administrative functions such as registering voters, supervising elections, keeping records, providing police protection, and administering health and welfare services.
“It may have an effect of a recession on our little county,” said Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht. Supervisor Diane Dillon agreed.
“We can’t go out and sell widgets,” she said. “So if revenue goes down, we have to do something.”
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday received an update on the fire recovery effort, as well as adjusted statistics regarding the damages caused by the Atlas, Nuns and Tubbs fires in Napa Valley.
Assessor John Tuteur compared fiscal impacts of the disaster to the 2014 South Napa earthquake, an event that damaged 1,300 properties – slightly more than those affected by this year’s fires — but the assessed value loss was much smaller, only around $12.3 million.
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