May 24, 2017Napa grape growers to vote on farmerworker housing assessment
Grape growers in Napa County, California will soon be voting on whether to continue a farmworker housing assessment for another five years. Ballots will be mailed out to growers owning an acre or more of vineyards. Election results will be announced at the July 11 Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Here’s more from the Napa Valley Register:
“The existing, annual $10-per-acre assessment on 45,000 acres of grapes raises about $450,000 each year. This money helps run three farmworker housing centers at various locations in Napa Valley. Lodgers pay $13 a night for rent.
But the assessment expires on June 30. The proposed five-year renewal would keep the assessment in place at $10-an-acre through the remainder of the year, with possible increases in the years beyond.
The Calistoga, Mondavi and River Ranch centers each have 60 beds, for a total of 180 beds.”