TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - On Tuesday, Nov. 6, local voters from Nevada and Placer counties will head to the polls to cast their ballots on everything from the presidential race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to small-town issues such as Measure J. Below is information for local voters to help them navigate Election Day.
• North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd. (on Highway 28), Kings Beach• North Tahoe High School, 2945 Polaris Road, Tahoe City• North Tahoe Fire Station No. 51, 227 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City• Squaw Valley Public Service District, 305 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley• Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Homewood
• Truckee Donner Public Utility District, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee• Emigrant Trail Museum, 12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee• Northwoods Clubhouse, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee• Glenshire Swim and Tennis Club, 15726 Glenshire Drive, TruckeePolling stations in both counties are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. In order to know where you vote, you must know your precinct. To find this out, look at your sample ballot, or visit your county's elections website: www.placerelections.com or www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/elections.
There are six contested Tahoe/Truckee government district races this election season:• Truckee Tahoe Airport District: four candidates running for three four-year seats - J. Thomas "Tom" Van Berkem, incumbent; Mary Hetherington, incumbent; Greg Jellinek and Lisa Wallace.• North Tahoe Fire Protection District: two candidates running for one four-year seat (District 1) - Mike Baffone and Scott Meyer.• North Tahoe Public Utility District: all three four-year term seats (Seat No. 1, Seat No. 2 and Seat No. 5) have two candidates - Ernie Dambach and Phil Thompson for No. 1; Tim Ferrell, incumbent, and Teresa O'Dette for No. 2; and John Bergmann, incumbent, and Ramona Cruz for No. 5.• Truckee Donner Public Utility District: four candidates for three four-year seats - Joseph R. Aguera, incumbent; Jeff Bender, incumbent; Bob Ellis and David Gravell.• Tahoe City Public Utility District: both four-year term seats (Seat No. 3 and Seat No. 4) have two candidates running - Kevin Fenley and Judy Friedman, incumbent, for No. 3; and Erik Henrikson, incumbent, and Kay Williams for No. 4.• Truckee Town Council: three candidates running for one two-year seat - Denny Dickinson, Patrick Flora and Daryl Simms. Three candidates running for two four-year seats - Alicia Barr, Jamie Brimer and Joan deRyk Jones, incumbent.
Measure J, to be voted on by parcel owners within the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, is a proposed bond measure for $8.52 million over 30 years to finance the construction of a performing arts center and an aquatic center in Truckee. It is estimated homeowners will pay, on average, $6.91 per $100,000 of assessed property value - amounting to an annual tax of about $20.The current construction cost estimate is $7.25 million for the aquatic center and $7.3 million, with a $500,000 contingency, for the performing arts center. Along with $470,000 for the cost to issue the bond, the total price tag for construction of both facilities $15.52 million - $7 million of which will be financed by funds left over from the construction cost of the Truckee Community Recreation Center back in 2009.Designs for the performing arts center show it will be 11,000 square feet in size and will include a 282-seat theater along with classrooms and storage space. As for the aquatic center, it will have two pools - an eight-lane competition pool and a warm water pool with a lazy river feature for therapy purposes and play features for children.In order for Measure J to pass, it must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote. The bond measure question appears on the ballot as follows: "To improve arts and recreation and create jobs and economic activity in Truckee-Donner by replacing the 40-year old swimming pool with a safe and efficient aquatic center for lessons, lap swimming, senior exercise and therapy programs; providing performing arts center for music, dance, film and other programs, shall Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District issue $8.52 million in bonds that cannot be taken by the State and require annual audits, independent oversight and no money for administrator salaries? Bonds yes (or) bonds no."