The Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) released a new report card on the condition of local streets and roads. In this report, it gave the city of St. Helena one of the worst grades. The reason why, the lack of funds to improve things. In case you are asking, the average asking price for a home here is over $2.8 million, the average selling price nearly $1.5 million. There is a $31 million home for sale here, see below.
The reason why, St. Helena’s governing Council has been almost anti-tourist for many years in the past. The have constantly discouraged many potential buyers who have sought to add more hotel rooms on any of the few remaining parcels that would be appropriate for them. Why do hotel rooms mean better roads, it is due to the bed tax now 12 – 14 percent it most locals here which go straight into the city’s coffers. The state of California doesn’t get a dime of these monies.
Here are a few excerpts from The Napa Valley Register’s article by Peter Jensen about this:
St. Helena tied the city of Larkspur, in Marin County, with the lowest grade among Bay Area jurisdictions, with a pavement condition index score of 42. That’s considered poor condition, and is two points lower than last year’s score of 44, which was also tied with Larkspur and unincorporated Sonoma County for the region’s lowest.
MTC produces its annual report with information jurisdictions compile on the quality and condition of their roadways. The latest scores were released Wednesday and are for 2012. They represent a three-year rolling average, meaning one year’s score could be slightly higher or lower than what’s reported by MTC.
Scores from 25 to 49 are considered poor; 50-59 are labeled at-risk; 60-69 are in fair condition; 70-79 are in good condition; 80-89 are in very good condition; and 90 to 100 are considered excellent.
MTC Scores from 2012 for the Napa Valley:
- St Helena – 42
- Yountville – 69
- Calistoga – 59
- Napa – 60
- County of Napa – 59
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