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Council to receive report on census plans

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Town Council will receive at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight an update from the Census 2000 Complete Count Committee presented by Community Development Director Tony Lashbrook.

“The Complete Count Committee is a local, Truckee-based committee,” Lashbrook said. “Its purpose is to get the best representation of the Truckee population during Census Count 2000, which will occur in March and April.”

Lashbrook said the committee’s target areas include Truckee’s Latino population, that portion of the population that maintains two residences and that portion that resides in Truckee primarily during the seasonal recreation months and may be planning to vacate during the months the census count is under way.

“It is generally accepted that the Latino population was under-represented [nationwide] during the census of 1990,” Lashbrook said.

Because the census count directly determines the amount of federal and state funding allotted to cities and towns, voting district borders and House of Representatives numbers, town council has declared Census Count 2000 important to the town’s future.

One of the primary goals of the Complete Count Committee is to inform the public that census bureau information, other than figures, is not distributed to other governmental agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, law enforcement agencies and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

In other business, Laurie Martin of the Tahoe-Truckee School District is also scheduled to speak before town council about the importance of public involvement in determining the allocation of county funds generated from the tobacco tax should Proposition 10 pass in March.

Also to be considered by council are the Town of Truckee Annual Financial Report and the Redevelopment Agency Report completed by the independent auditing firm of Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Co., LLP, as a result of their audit for the 1998/99 fiscal year.

The independent auditing firm of Christopher J. Wells, CPA, has provided the Town of Truckee Transit Fund Annual Financial Report for the 1998/99 fiscal year for town council’s consideration as well.

Both firms’ reports were extremely positive, Administrative Services Director Jill R. Olsen wrote in a letter to town council.

Vavrinek, Trine, Day, and Co., LLP, commented in their report, however, that a significant portion of developer impact fees, known as AB 1600 fees, which were originally transferred to the town from the county upon incorporation, remain unspent. One of the criteria for compliance related to developer impact fees is that these fees must be spent within five years.

The auditing firm recommends a managerial investigation into the matter of developer impact fees to ensure they are spent properly and in a timely manner.


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