Proposal could fund environmental improvements
Just as it explores the possibility of new development, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s shorezone report also looks at ways to fund environmental improvement projects along the shore such as replacing old sewer lines that surround the lake.
An appendix of the shorezone report presents two ways to generate revenue: require everyone who owns a structure in the shorezone to pay an annual fee; and/or require that everyone who takes a boat out on Tahoe has a user sticker that would cost between $25 and $50 a year.
The report indicates that such a sticker program is used at Lake George in New York state. There it costs $7.50 a day to take a boat out on the lake. Annual passes cost about $30.
Greg Joseph, of Aptos, plans to have his 1948 wooden Chris Craft out on Tahoe for at least three weeks this summer. He said such a fee wouldn’t prevent him from boating on the lake.
“I’d scream like a banshee, but it wouldn’t stop me,” Joseph said. “I’d really like to see more detailed information about what it’s about, but I’m really 100 percent for bringing Lake Tahoe back.”
Doug Scott, of South Lake Tahoe, rejected the boat sticker idea by saying he already spends enough money getting his Sea Ray in the water.
“Every time I launch the boat it costs 30 bucks,” Scott said. “That’s ridiculous. It’s already high enough.”