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Letter to the editor- Are Nevadans unfairly billed?

To the editor:

I come from Florida, another fast-growing state, and our growth problems resemble Nevada’s.

While vacationing in Lake Tahoe several weeks ago, I read an interesting article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune July 16 edition. The article noted that Nevada gas customers would be asked to pay about $50 to $100 more per year to pay for new gas lines for growth.

A July 2 “Time” article noted the success of a Nevada program to conserve water by paying homeowners 40 cents a square foot for removing lawn. Even in relatively wet Florida, that sounds like a great idea because irrigated lawns require 18 gallons of water per square foot per year. The tone of the article suggests that the money for the lawn program is coming from the pockets of current Nevada residents. And I suspect that the water conserved is going to new development with no restrictions on lawn size.

Florida has a decades-old history of fast growth. Residents, joined by the press, are now succeeding in making politicians understand that growth is good only when newcomers pay the full cost of new roads, schools, water and other infrastructure.

R.J. Windgassen

Venice, Fla.

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