Douglas County Forecast ’05 takes a look at future |

Douglas County Forecast ’05 takes a look at future

Douglas County is facing problems such as high property taxes, competing counties, struggling small businesses and ranches, and growth and water issues.

All these topics and more will be the focus of local and regional officials during a panel discussion from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Carson Valley Inn.

Douglas County Forecast ’05 will feature speakers including Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick, Douglas County Manager Dan Holler, County Commission Chairman Kelly Kite, Carson City Mayor Marv Teixiera, Northern Nevada Development Authority Executive Director Ron Weisinger, Gardnerville Town Manager Jim Park and Minden Town Manager Bob Hadfield.

Lawmakers, real estate representatives, businesspersons, builders and ranchers are among the panel members.

— At 6:30 p.m., a panel will tackle the subject of Douglas County’s 2005-06 assessed valuation of $2.3 billion, and whether there is any relief in sight for business and commercial property owners.

— At 7 p.m., Carson City and Douglas County’s battles for everything from retailers to water will be discussed. Officials say Lyon County will soon be facing a similar situation. Panel members will try to decide if communication and cooperation between the counties are being fostered.

— At 7:30 p.m., town managers from Gardnerville, Minden and Indian Hills, Skip Sayre of the Carson Valley Tourism & Visitors Authority, Byron Waite of the Douglas County Business Council and Peter Beekhof, Jr., of the Douglas County Building Industry Association will consider what is being done to help Carson Valley businesspersons in the shadow of big box stores.

— At 8 p.m., the topic is: Do water supplies limit growth or does growth limit water supplies? Rob Anderson of RO Anderson Engineering, Carson River Subconservancy District General Manager Ed James, Jim Slade of the Sustainable Growth Committee and Steve Lewis from the University of Nevada, Reno, Cooperative Extension will all give their input.

— And, at 8:30 p.m., the future of the ranching industry is the issue. What can be done to make ranching more profitable and are conservation easements the answer? Renee Mack of Mack Land & Cattle Ranch, James Settelmeyer of Settelmeyer Ranch and Joe Guild of the Cattlemen’s Association will attempt to answer this question.

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Shannon Ballroom. Coffee, beverages and desserts will be available from 7 to 9 p.m. Business/casual attire is requested. The cost is $15. Make check payable to DCBIA and mail to P.O. Box 1655 Minden, NV, 89423. To register, or for more information, call 783-1782. Registration is required due to limited seating.

Sponsors include, the Douglas County Building Industry Association, Pro Group Management, Inc., Syncon Homes, Inc., Century 21/Clark Properties, West Ridge Homes, Inc., Bing Construction Company of Nevada, Coldwell Banker ITILDO, Inc., UNR Cooperative Extension, Southwest Gas and Meeks Lumber.

The Douglas County Forecast ’05 motto is, “To create an awareness and provide information on current issues and concerns within our community.”

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