Wedding group looks to fee increase
The Lake Tahoe Wedding & Honeymoon Association is expected to find a new way on Wednesday to find additional funds to promote the industry.
The monthly meeting begins at 4 p.m. on Hornblower’s Tahoe Princess for a dockside meeting at Ski Run Marina.
The organization decided last year to increase its license fee and use the additional money to promote weddings at Lake Tahoe. The fee would be increased from $45 to $54.
The group initially was focused on a creating a county ballot measure to raise wedding license fees. But it failed to get support from county officials who felt increase could conflict with Proposition 62, or at least raise the possibility of a court challenge.
Last month, the association board decided to turn the organization’s attention to the legislatures of California and Nevada.
That process could take nine months or so in California and will not even begin in Nevada until the next legislative session in 2001.
“We need to get some help (with the effort),” said Suzanne Nielsen, the association president. “This is not a one-person show.”
A subcommittee of the association is expected on Wednesday to present a plan for the pursuit of legislative approval for the fee increase.
The wedding industry has been in decline since the early 1990s. In 1998, 12,148 licenses were sold at South Shore, compared to 15,180 in 1994.
The association feels that additional funds to advertise Lake Tahoe weddings, honeymoons and anniversary celebrations will bring more couples to the area. Because wedding license fees in El Dorado County are currently among the lowest in the state, a fee increase would provide funds for a significant increase in advertising.
For more information, call the association secretary, Lori Cramer at 541-3364.
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