Chamber donates to recreation ballot fund |

Chamber donates to recreation ballot fund

by Sally J. Taylor

The Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Tuesday approved $5,000 toward a recreation fund and postponed a decision on a contribution to Phase 2 of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Alternative Resource Study.

The South Tahoe Alliance for Recreation with the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce are working to raise $45,000 for a recreation survey and a campaign for a ballot measure to raise recreation funds.

“When it comes to recreation, there is no state line,” said Pat Atherton, president of the Nevada-side chamber. “Our kids use all the fields which we’re lacking in.”

The TDCC contribution brings the fund to about $17,000 according to Greta Hambsch, who represents the city chamber on the Tahoe-Douglas board.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency study is designed to find ways to raise local funds toward environmental improvements. Business groups participated in funding the phase one study, which identified 20 potential sources of funds and narrowed the field to six. Phase 2 will include an economic model to analyze the impact of such funding mechanisms on the Tahoe Basin economy.

Following the Phase 1 study, the business community asked the TRPA for the economic model.

“The business community said it wanted a product we can have confidence in and provide credibility so we can understand the impacts on the economy,” TRPA spokeswoman Pam Drum said.

Atherton said the chamber executive board had not had a chance to “digest” the funding request and would consider it in the next few weeks.

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