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View on taxes can be experessed

South Shore residents have two opportunities on Tuesday to express their views on how they would prefer to pay for environmental projects.

In other words, what tax they want to pay to keep Lake Tahoe clear.

A forum and luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The luncheon, postponed from Feb. 9, is part of the Joint Chamber State-of-the-basin luncheon and cosponsored by the South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce. Cost is $15 and reservations are required by calling the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber at (775) 588-4591. An evening meeting designed for the general public will begin at 6 p.m. at Lakeside Inn & Casino.

The forums, two of several scheduled around the lake, will take a close look at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Alternative Revenue Source Study. Phase 1 of the study was released in August. It identified 20 possible revenue sources for environmental improvements.

The chambers are now organizing public opinion to help narrow the list before a more detailed Phase 2 study is commissioned.

Participants will have the opportunity to vote for a short-list of revenue sources they consider most viable, or palatable. The results from all the forums will be compiled and presented to the TRPA to develop guidelines for Phase 2 of the study.

“Phase I of the TRPA study focused on sources of revenue,” said Stan Hansen, president of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and vice president of governmental affairs for Heavenly Ski Resort. “Now we’re trying to look at and identify realistic revenue sources.”

TRPA officials have welcomed the input and effort on the part of the business community.

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