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Bus fare not going up

South Lake Tahoe rolled out the slick carpet Tuesday for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.

The supervisors, led by Tahoe representative Dave Solaro, took a break from the county seat in Placerville to hold their annual all-day district meeting at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.

Much of the business focused on the west slope, but the supervisors did vote to unanimously buy some time on raising fees for paratransit and special-needs passengers on Tahoe’s STAGE buses.



They approved the transfer of funds from public utility franchise fees to help cover the projected increases in the cost of service for the 2002-03 fiscal year.

The action essentially delays any rate hikes in the coming year.




Judy Brown, city councilwoman and Tahoe Manor operator, stood up and thanked the supervisors. Her residents with fixed incomes often rely on the public transportation service to get around town.

“I’m glad we were able to find that money in the budget,” Solaro said of the $249 million financial blueprint approved last week.

The supervisors also received a presentation from John Upton — a leading supporter — about Measure S, a $6.5 million recreation-oriented ballot measure that passed two years ago by more than two-thirds of the Tahoe voters.

From there, Ice Arena Director Gary Moore gave a brief description of the new facility over the roar of the incoming crowd of skating groups.

Moore invited the supervisors to ice skate. After an early fall, 2nd District Supervisor Helen Baumann made the rounds with seniors’ groups leaders Billie Bridges and Marvin Weitzenhoffer.


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