‘Measure R’ takes shape | TahoeDailyTribune.com

‘Measure R’ takes shape

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Voters could get another shot at how South Shore bike trail and ball field maintenance is funded at the South Shore.

On Thursday, the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Powers Authority approved a resolution proposing the expansion of how money generated by Measure S can be spent.

Measure S is a 30-year parcel tax passed by voters in 2000. The measure money raised for an ice-skating rink, four new athletic fields near Lake Tahoe Community College, the maintenance of bike trails built after the measure’s passage and public and recreation facilities owned by Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District

A smaller then expected athletic field project and fewer then anticipated bike trails to maintain will leave the JPA with a balance of $470,000 by summer 2012, said JPA staff member John Upton last month.

Thursday’s resolution shapes a possible ballot measure to allow Measure S money to be spent on the maintenance of bike trails built before Sept. 19, 2000 and on any youth baseball and softball facilities on the California side of the South Shore.

JPA members said the new measure, tentatively-titled “Measure R”, will help remedy overly specific language in Measure S which hamstrung the use of available money.

A public meeting on Thursday’s proposal is scheduled for 9 a.m. June 30 in City Council Chambers at Lake Tahoe Airport. The JPA would need to make a final decision on whether to put the measure on the ballot by July 29, said Norma Santiago, El Dorado County Supervisor and chair of the JPA.

Voters could be asked to decide whether to approve Measure R this fall. The name of the measure still needs approval from the El Dorado County Elections Department.

Exactly how the money would be distributed would be decided by the JPA if voters approve the measure.

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