City budget hearings move to October |

City budget hearings move to October

Susan Wood

No action was taken at the South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting Tuesday, in which the preliminary 2006-07 budget was reviewed and discussed.

The final budget may be adopted for the Oct. 3 meeting or a special session may be scheduled the following week.

The city must evaluate $8.2 million in featured requests by a variety of departments and sources. Among them, community marketing subsidies amounting to $326,474 that were once allocated for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce will be under scrutiny.

South Lake Chamber member Bob Attinger lobbied the council to withhold the funding because he’s unhappy about the way the merger with the Tahoe Douglas Chamber is going.

City department heads and a handful of citizens showed up for the budget session, and Councilwoman Kathay Lovell said the recommendations overall were well received by the panel.

“We have to determine the most appropriate ways to fulfill the needs of the community,” she said.

City Manager Dave Jinkens outlined a list of duties staff must undertake to lead into a final budget. They include examining alternatives for contracting out to private sector services to satisfy unfilled city posts, ensure follow through on the Highway 50 improvement project and decide on fee structure for parks and recreation.

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