Luce Named 2014 Chair of Napa County Board of Supervisors

Diane Dillon named 2014 vice chair.

Napa County Supervisor Mark Luce. credit countyofnapa
Napa County Supervisor Mark Luce. credit countyofnapa

Napa County Supervisor Mark Luce got the nod Tuesday from his fellow county board members to take the seat of chair of the board for 2014.

Supervisor Diane Dillon was approved as vice chair for 2014 at Tuesday's first county board meeting of the new year. 

Luce, who represents District 2 on the county panel, replaces Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, who served as 2013 chair.

"It was a good year," Wagenknecht said in receiving thanks from his fellow board members for his service. "We got some big stuff done."

Both Luce and Dillon, who represents District 3, were then voted in as chair and vice-chair, respectively, for a slew of other smaller government panels, such as: Napa County Public Improvement Corp.; Silverado Community Services District; Monticello Public Cemetery District; Napa County Flood Protection and Watershed Improvement Authority; and other groups.

Also in Tuesday's 2014 reorganization, supervisors agreed to keep the same committee and commission assignments. 

In addition, they approved similar conservative budget policies as in previous years, despite some indication of improvement in the economy.

"It is conservative, but it's the thing that's kept us afloat," Wagenknect said. "It offers the best possible chance for success."

Tops on the list of the policies are that department budgets expenses should include no increase in net cost to the county's general fund.

"The two exceptions are:  (1) increase the general fund contribution to the roads fund by $560,000, for a total contribution of $2,052,000; and (2) increase the general fund contribution to the Health & Human Services Fund [reserves}," said Leanne Link, of the county's executive office.

Link said the only other change in the budget process for this year are that department heads will not be required -- as they have been in the past -- to prepare a separate "decision package" detailing how they would cut 3 percent from their budgets if they were forced to scale back.

The board also voted unanimously to join a North Bay/North Coast Consortium seeking to extend broadband connections to all the underserved areas in Marin, Solano, Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa counties. 

Membership in the collective makes Napa County eligible to receive up to $30,000 annually for three years to collect data on the county's use of broadband. 


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