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Joint powers authority to adopt recreation tax

Robert Stern

The joint powers authority in charge of Measure S will meet to adopt the public tax approved last September by South Shore voters. The tax will be $18 a year for property owners annually for the next 30 years and is on a sliding scale for businesses. The tax will pay for an ice rink in South Lake Tahoe, ball fields near Lake Tahoe Community College, improvements to Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District and maintenance money for bike trails proposed by the California Tahoe Conservancy.

The tax will bring in $602,000 in the first year. The total construction cost for all the projects is estimated at $5.6 million.

The bids for the ice rink came in too high. The city, which is the lead agency on the project, is negotiating the contract with Spanda Industrial, which was awarded the bid for the metal structure of the ice rink, to include the foundation. The city will then rebid the third phase of the project Friday, said City Engineer Brad Vidro.

The city is also working to reduce costs by using some less expensive components for flooring, temperature control and surrounding sidewalks, Vidro said.

As of now, bids on the $3.8 million ice rink are over by $687,000. The JPA will vote on dedicating $350,000 of surplus funds to the project, according to a report by John Upton, staff assistant to the JPA. The report suggested that other city funds may be needed to close the gap.

The board, however, has additional excess funds of $460,000 for all the projects, if bids for the remaining projects equal engineers’ estimates. But until the other projects go out to bid, there is no way of telling if those excess funds would be available, Upton said. Such a decision would require a unanimous vote by the JPA.

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