TRPA studies new tax |

TRPA studies new tax

Mike Pottage

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is in search of a tax to fund environmental projects, and so far the agency collected $17,500 to finance a study on how to tax people.

In bureaucratic parlance, it is known as an “Alternative Revenue Source Feasibility Study.”

The idea of a new tax is popular among a number of Tahoe governmental agencies as well as the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. It also has the support of tourist industry representatives and environmental support organizations.

Ultimately, money collected from a new tax would be used to match state and federal funds. Even the California share of a study of new taxes hinges upon matching local support.

So who is supporting an increase in the basin’s tax levies?

The roll call has $1,000 donations from the South Lake and Tahoe-Douglas chambers of commerce, the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the Washoe County Board of Commissioners, Incline Village/Crystal Bay Chamber of Commerce, Tahoe City Public Utility District, South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District and Lake Tahoe Gaming Alliance. El Dorado County supervisors contributed $1,000.

The North Tahoe Resort Association kicked in $2,000. The city of South Lake Tahoe contributed $1,500. So did the Incline Village General Improvement District. Finally, the Carson City Board of Supervisors added $500.

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