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Plastic bag ban, budget talks top council agenda

Tom Lotshaw

At its regular meeting Tuesday, South Lake Tahoe City Council reviews a ban on carryout plastic bags that took effect in mid-January for grocery stores in the city.

City officials have held several sparsely-attended public workshops on how the ban is working. It is scheduled to take effect for retail businesses in the city on Oct. 15.

Council members also will review a five-year forecast for city finances.

According to city officials, the city is operating on thin margins between general fund revenues and expenses and must grow its economy over the next 10 years for tax revenues to keep pace with costs.

Increased employer contributions to CalPERS are expected to cost South Lake Tahoe more than an additional $300,000 annually and voters’ repeal of the city’s paid parking program will cost the general fund an estimated $200,000 per year in revenue to maintain and operate facilities such as Lakeview Commons, according to the city.

The budget projections show South Lake Tahoe facing deficits of about $225,000 starting in 2017 that grow each year thereafter.

Other items on Tuesday’s agenda include:

A discussion about the staffing and financial implications of the city entering agreements with Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for additional permitting authority.

Authorize spending up to $57,900 in local city revenues in anticipation of a $521,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to reseal taxiway joints and runway cracks at Lake Tahoe Airport.

Pay increases for seasonal extra help the city hires. The raises are needed because of increases in California’s minimum wage.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, 1901 Airport Road.

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