INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — An IVGID trustee chastised staff members last week for only setting aside a portion of the money the district owes back to Washoe County in the form of tax refunds to Incline/Crystal Bay residents.At the Oct. 12 Incline Village General Improvement District board meeting, Controller Gerry Eick presented potential options to raise about $730,000 needed to cover the estimated $1 million it's supposed to pay into the $43.3 million pot, based on Nevada Supreme Court-mandated refunds from Washoe County to 8,700 Incline parcel holders for the 2006-07 fiscal year.After hearing that the two main options include IVGID residents facing extra fees, Trustee Chuck Weinberger voiced his displeasure.“We should have known. We already reserved ($270,000) for one year ... we could have and should have reserved more for this budget cycle,” Weinberger said. “We need to find some savings here. We can't just say ‘taxpayers, pay us your refund.”According to Eick's presentation, following are two potential ways for IVGID to raise the money:• implementing a special one-time assessment of $90 per IVGID parcel, an option that was first presented at the board's Sept. 28 meeting; or• taking $215,000 from the general fund, with the remaining $515,000 being divided among the utility, community services and beach funds.For the latter option, the money would come from either a $28 hike in the Recreation Facility Fee for 2012-13 or a reduction in service levels at the district's venues.“We would be using money intended for other things to absorb this,” Eick said regarding Option No. 2.Earlier in the meeting, IVGID legal counsel Scott Brooke said he continues to work with North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District attorney Geno Menchetti, as the fire district faces a similar problem in having to pay part of the $43.3 million in refunds.The board eventually voted to continue looking into ways to raise the money.During public comment, Incline resident Aaron Katz, who currently is suing the district, said the fact district staff is considering having residents pay for the shortfall is an example of how “everything is wrong with IVGID.”The district should look to make cuts internally to come up with the $730,000, Katz said, including, but not limited to: • eliminating trustee salaries, • rescinding the annual maximum $25,000 bonus paid to the IVGID general manager; and/or• rescinding the 2 percent wage increase in the current budget for district employees.
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The board voted 3-2 to adopt a resolution recognizing the Village League for the work it's done over the years leading to the tax revolt decision handed down earlier this year by Justice James Hardesty.Weinberger and Trustee Bruce Simonian voted against. Weinberger said while he personally supports the work, as a trustee of a district that's facing a $730K shortfall because of the decision, then “it's not a victory.”The board also unanimously voted to adopt a resolution naming November 2011 “Pancreatic Cancer Month in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, Nevada.”“It costs us nothing, and it will be a show of support to those who volunteer to fight and battle pancreatic cancer,” said Trustee Bea Epstein.The board and chairman Ted Fuller acknowledged IVGID's director of finance, accounting and information technology, Ramona Cruz, who attended her final meeting last week as n IVGID employee.Cruz's last day with IVGID is Friday; she is moving on to work for the Tahoe City Public Utility District. Eick assumed the FAIT director role Monday.“This is a tough, tough move for me,” Cruz said last week after thanking Fuller. “It makes me emotional just thinking about it.”