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Wedding Association to tackle license fee issue

The campaign by the Lake Tahoe Wedding & Honeymoon Association to increase wedding license fees in the basin portion of El Dorado County could be in for a change of direction.

The issue will be discussed today during its monthly meeting at the Lake Tahoe Airport from 4 to 5 p.m.

The effort to put a ballot measure on the El Dorado County ballots for the November election is now doubtful.

County legal counsel raised concerns about the legality of the fee increase depending how state Propositions 62 and 218 are interpreted.

Both propositions deal with the ability of local governments to impose new fees and taxes. Proposition 62 received voter approval but certain provisions were invalidated in the courts. Proposition 218 closed the loopholes of 62 and went a giant step further by putting its provisions into the state constitution rather than by statute.

If Proposition 218 eliminated previous restraints in Proposition 62, the association’s ballot measure will work, according to attorney Dennis Crabb, who is working on the campaign for the association. If it didn’t, there’s a question about the legal ability to put the wedding license fee increase on the ballot.

Because the association needs the approval of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to put the fee increase on the ballot, they are now considering alternatives such as city measures or voluntary industry fees.

The goal of the fee increase is to raise funds to promote the wedding and honeymoon industry on South Shore, which has declined dramatically since the early 1990s. In 1998, 5,576 licenses were issued on South Shore in both Douglas and El Dorado counties, far fewer than the 15,180 sold in 1994.

The numbers are creeping upward this year, already surpassing last year’s number with 5,793 licenses sold to date.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting is an Internet presentation and proposal by Sacramento Bride magazine.

For more information, contact board President Suzanne Nielsen at (775) 588-4422.

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