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Tahoe region would receive minor benefit if ballot question passes

Preserving Douglas County’s open spaces may mean an increased sales tax for South Shore residents.

If Douglas County’s No. 1 question on the ballot is passed, a quarter-cent sales tax increase will be implemented and used to protect undeveloped land.

“The benefit has been to retire sensitive lands and the authority for the one-quarter cent sales tax would be to purchase developmental rights off of those sensitive lands,” Douglas County Commissioner Don Miner said. “So there could be some utilization of the quarter cent sales tax at the lake, in that regard.”

Open spaces seem more prominent in the Carson Valley, but South Shore’s stream environment zones are also considered open spaces, according to Miner.

“If passed, (the ordinance) could benefit the acquisition of those (open stream environment zone) parcels or the business rights off of those parcels at the lake, as well as in the valley,” he said.

Miner said land owners could still maintain ownership of their property, but would not be allowed to build on it.

“The quarter cent can only require from the willing seller, the development rights,” he said. “So they would still own their land.”

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