Builders query candidates |

Builders query candidates

by Regina Purcell, Tribune News Service

MINDEN — Douglas County residents have an opportunity tonight to meet candidates for the Douglas County Commission and hear presentations about the proposed tax initiatives.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of Douglas County.

“It will be the only debate, as far as we know, that the public is invited to attend,” said Renae Louie, director of the business council.

Incumbent Douglas County commissioners Don Miner of District 4, and Jacques Etchegoyhen of District 2, will face opposing candidates Tim Smith, retiring Tahoe-Douglas fire chief, and former planning commission member Michael Hayes, respectively.

The candidates will each have 10 minutes to discuss their platform for the Nov. 5 election.

Louie said the chamber and council will also provide presentations regarding the proposed tax levies included in ballot questions 1, 2, and 3.

Question one is an increase of the optional 5-cent gas tax over two years. Question two is a 50-cents-per-square-foot tax on new construction of non-residential buildings. Question three is the increase of one-quarter of 1 percent in sales tax.

The debate is open to the public and will be held Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

For information, call the chamber at 782-8144 or the business council at 782-6715.

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