Committee formed to explore new revenue streams |

Committee formed to explore new revenue streams

Jenifer Ragland

Douglas County has a new citizens committee.

The Board of Commissioners Tuesday appointed 11 residents and community leaders to serve on a “blue ribbon” committee, which will recommend funding sources for programs currently supported by room tax revenues.

The action came during a second workshop on transient occupancy tax, this time focusing on replacing money that will be redirected to promotion as a result of AB616.

AB616 was passed by the Nevada Legislature this year after a secession campaign by the Tahoe Citizens Committee failed. Its purpose, according to lawmakers, was to increase the amount of money going to promotion in an attempt to improve the lake’s economy, while giving local control over the dollars.

Because a number of Douglas County’s services are currently funded by room tax revenue, the shift presents the county with a difficult situation. Those services – which include parks and recreation, senior services, libraries and portions of the Minden/Tahoe Airport – will, starting July 1 1999, no longer be able to survive without another revenue source.

Douglas County leaders said they wanted as much community input as possible, which is why they felt a citizens committee would be appropriate. Because the consensus was that programs already are as lean as they can be, the committee is not charged with recommending any service cuts.

The board voted to schedule the committee meetings at 6 p.m. every Tuesday for the next 45 days. The meetings will be public, properly noticed and held at both the lake and the valley, commissioners said.

Committee members are: Robin Reedy, Parks and Recreation Commission; Al Walker, Senior Services Advisory Council; Kathleen Farrell, Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce; Lee Rathbun, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce; John Soderman, Library Board; Ray Case, Bently Nevada Corporation; an unnamed member of the Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority; Mike Ivie, representing youth sports organizations; Richard Glasson, at-large member from Lake Tahoe; Bob Gable, at-large member from South County (Gardnerville area); and Nate Leisling, at-large member from the Carson Valley.

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