TCC, Douglas County gear up for legislative showdown
After one week of allowing Nevada citizens to log their opinions on the formation of Tahoe County, about 89 percent said don’t do it.
The Legislature has an opinion hot line in order to gauge the public’s feelings on any bill introduced in the current legislative session, said Steve Watson, deputy director of the Nevada Legislature. Results, which he said have an effect similar to postcard mailings and phone messages, are given to committee members hearing the bill.
As of Friday morning, 77 people had made calls related to Tahoe County, with 69 saying they were against the idea and eight saying they were in favor of it.
A bill for the creation of Tahoe County has yet to be formally introduced, but because it is such a controversial topic, Watson said Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick, R-Gardnerville, requested that Tahoe County be tallied as a general issue. The results of the poll will be forwarded to Hettrick, who sits on the select committee that will hear the Tahoe County proposal this week.
The Tahoe Citizens Committee, a group of about 1,000 dissatisfied Lake Tahoe residents, is pushing for its own county that would stretch from Stateline to Crystal Bay. Convinced that Tahoe County is the best solution to their unique problems at Lake Tahoe, the TCC has taken its case to the Legislature – the only body capable of redrawing county lines.
Last week, Douglas County business leaders urged residents to call the toll-free hot line – 1-800-367-5057 ext. 4848 – and register their opinions. Both the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of Douglas County have publicly announced their opposition to the Tahoe County movement.
Kelly Krolicki, TCC executive coordinator, encouraged supporters of Tahoe County to voice their opinions via the hot line as well.
Both sides are expected to be out in force Tuesday, when a 14-member committee made up of representatives from both houses will listen to the information and the debate.
Krolicki said the TCC will give a presentation detailing the problems Lake Tahoe citizens face and the data to back up their belief that Tahoe County is the answer. About 20 people are scheduled to testify, but as many as 200 could show up to support their movement.
“It is important that the Nevada State Legislature realizes this is a citizens’ effort, said Mike Jabara, TCC chairman. “We encourage all concerned parents and members to attend the hearing. We know that people who are opposed to Tahoe County will be present. This is our last chance to show the Legislature that Tahoe supports Tahoe County.”
A bus to transport Tahoe County supporters from Stateline to the capitol will depart from the Horizon Casino Resort’s main entrance at 1:15 p.m.
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