City to discuss increase in snow removal fees |

City to discuss increase in snow removal fees

Susan Wood

Highway 50 improvements, signs and snow removal fees will round out a diverse agenda for the South Lake Tahoe City Council on Tuesday.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at the Council Chambers at 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The council hopes to finalize plans to place an increase of the snow removal parcel fee on the ballot for the Nov. 8 consolidated special election. The $20-a-year assessment – which generates $217,800 a year from the 11,000 parcels affected – does not go far enough in terms of replacing equipment, the city contends, and El Dorado County concurs.

The assessment may go up to $50 a year, if passed by registered voters in the fall.

Owners of property on Highway 50 may want to throw their hats in a ring to join an ad hoc committee the city hopes to form Tuesday to come up with revenue ideas for maintaining improvements such as landscaping on the highway. The city says it cannot absorb the estimated $350,000 a year for maintenance on the massive curb-and-gutter project proposed for the major thoroughfare in the general fund.

Business owners may want to heed the city’s call on Tuesday for revisiting the sign ordinance, which prohibits banners, flags, balloons and sandwich-board signs.

Many company owners have complained the code is unfair, and some see it as an obstacle to promoting their businesses.

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