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Other issues mark city council agenda

Susan Wood

The city’s only meeting in July is as busy as summer in South Lake Tahoe.

Before the convention center agreement scheduled in the afternoon tops the business of the day, the council – also acting as the Redevelopment Agency – will take the morning to discuss tourism issues, housing for the disabled and an expansion of Embassy Vacation Resort.

Improvement district

The South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association-spawned business improvement district would earmark $1.6 million estimated to be collected from hotels, motels and vacation home rentals in town to pay for tourism efforts managed by the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

The lodging group has worked on the proposal for months after the former, citywide Tourism Promotion Business Improvement District failed to move ahead upon threat of a lawsuit. The new version is called the SLTTID and is reserved to lodging establishments. If the city passes the resolution Tuesday, it would impose assessments of $2 per night, per room on hotels and $3 on vacation home rentals beginning Nov. 1.

Widespread business improvement districts first came on the scene in South Lake Tahoe when marketing subsidies amounting to $753,000 over a two-year period were reduced from the city budget to go into the coffers of the LTVA and South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce.

The tourism agency is the one beneficiary listed in the plan, which would lift the agency’s budget to $4 million to specifically beef up the Blue World advertising campaign.

In other business, the council and Redevelopment Agency may:

— Kick in $169,327 in housing funds to help offset rising construction costs incurred by the developers of Sky Forest Acres, an 18-unit disabled housing project proposed on Emerald Bay Road.

— Receive and decide on a timeline and other redevelopment terms from the Sunterra Corporation on its plan to expand the Embassy Vacation Resort on both sides of Highway 50 at Ski Run Boulevard.

— Approve the second reading of an ordinance limiting the number of days an owner of a condominium hotel may stay in the unit to no more than 60 days a year.

— Hear an update on wildfire prevention activities.

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