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October 19, 2011
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IVGID responds to Katz lawsuit

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Roughly two months after Incline resident Aaron Katz filed suit against IVGID alleging various illegal operations, the district has responded by asking the court to dismiss the allegations.According to a 25-page document filed Oct. 7 with the Second Judicial District Court of Nevada, the Incline Village General Improvement District also is asking for Katz to be responsible for the district's attorneys' fees and for “further relief as the Court may deem just and proper.”In early August, Katz filed a 51-page amended complaint accusing IVGID of, among other things, offering free and discounted services to non-residents and private parties; he further demands limits be set against the facilities, services and activities the district should be allowed to provide.Phone calls to Reno attorneys Thomas P. Beko, of Erickson, Thorpe andamp; Swainston, Ltd., and Keith Loomis, of the Law Office of Keith Loomis, were not returned for comment on this story. Beko and Loomis are listed on IVGID's response as filing attorneys.Katz has criticized the district over the past several months for behaving like a private institution, when in fact the district is a public entity, bound to the same laws as other government agencies as required by Nevada law.“The bottom line is there are no limits to what IVGID can do,” he said in an interview this week. “Right now, these people are totally out of control.”One example of this, Katz said, is the district's practice of collecting an annual recreation fee is illegal because staff doesn't use all the money in relation to the recreation services and facilities it provides.Katz has said he didn't file the lawsuit in hopes of reaching a cash settlement.“The bottom line is I am seeking no pecuniary relief,” Katz said in an August interview. “IVGID acts with no boundaries, no limitations and no oversight. They are essentially a nation unto themselves and everything they do violates the law.”Katz is part of a political advocacy group called The Village People, which includes residents Frank Wright and Paul Olson, who all have expressed consistent criticism of IVGID's fiscal practices.As for what's next, the process could be take months, depending on if additional motions are filed and/or if a judge calls for a hearing.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 19, 2011 06:08PM Published Oct 19, 2011 06:06PM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.