Wilson makes Tahoe pledge
Governor Pete Wilson reaffirmed California’s commitment to Lake Tahoe’s Environmental Improvement Program Tuesday.
Wilson met with local business and environmental leaders to sign the memorandum that calls for increased coordination between governments, improved public-private partnerships and a continuing effort to find additional funding. Nevada Gov. Bob Miller, the Washoe Tribe, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and the Federal Interagency Partnership were all signatories.
“I sign this with the confidence that the confidence of the participants will be vindicated,” Wilson said.
The memorandum reaffirms commitment to the 10-year project but it doesn’t specify any funding. Wilson did include Lake Tahoe in his proposed 1998 Watershed, Wildlife, and Parks Improvement Bond Act. The bond, if passed, would provide $95 million to fund California’s $274 million share of the EIP. Wilson approved $11.5 million in the state budget last year. The five-year total comes to $57.5 million. The first installment comes available in 1998.
Under the $904 million EIP plan the federal government is responsible for about $300 million, California $274 million, Nevada $85 million, and the remainder is coming from local and private sources.
A preliminary report from the consultant hired to research ways for Tahoe to generate local revenue for the EIP is due next week.
“By the end of the year I fully expect us to be moving forward in this plan,” said Jim Baetge, executive director of the TRPA.
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