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TCC prods Douglas County for budget, ‘super conference’

Christy Chalmers, Nevada Appeal

STATELINE – The Tahoe Citizens Committee is calling for Douglas County to hurry up with its concerns about a Tahoe county so the sides can discuss their differences at a proposed “super conference.”

The TCC issued a statement this week calling for Douglas County’s answer to its proposal to create a new county using Nevada’s Lake Tahoe basin areas. The TCC has commissioned two studies concluding the idea is financially feasible, but Douglas officials have cautioned the reports may be too optimistic.

Douglas County Manager Dan Holler is working on a report detailing the county’s concerns and the potential impacts a Tahoe county could have. The report hasn’t been released, though Holler at one time mentioned Feb. 20 as a debut date.

Holler could not be reached for comment on the status of the report, but TCC officials hope to have the report soon.

“What we want is for them to come out with their baseline budget so we can start looking at their concerns,” said TCC Executive Director Kelly Krolicki.

“Douglas County and school district officials have talked with ‘gloom and doom’ about the impact that creating a Tahoe county will have upon their governments,” TCC Chairman Mike Jabara said in the group’s statement. “We think the time is right to move beyond rhetoric to address the issue on the table: What is the impact and what is an equitable solution for all parties?

“The TCC has believed from the beginning that mitigation for Douglas County would be essential, but we still lack the detailed financial information in order to respond.”

Jabara said he would like to hold a “super conference” with Douglas County officials at which the groups can discuss their concerns.

County Commissioner Steve Weissinger first mentioned the idea in December, and a tentative date in early April was suggested in February.

But the TCC hasn’t heard anything else, said Krolicki, and the group wants to wait at least two weeks after Holler’s report is out to hold the conference so it will have plenty of time to respond.

Jabara also extended the “super conference” idea to officials in Washoe County and its school district. The TCC believes Washoe won’t be financially hurt by the loss of Incline Village, and “to date, no significant issues have been raised by county and school district officials,” the TCC said.

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