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IVGID budget, 7-day agenda policy up for vote May 21

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — One week from today is budget day for the Incline Village General Improvement District.

After several workshops this spring that included presentations from senior staff and hours of questioning from trustees, the board is scheduled to preliminarily vote on the 2015-16 fiscal budget, including a combined Recreation Facility and Beach Fee of $830.

The Thursday, May 21, board meeting at the Chateau begins at 9 a.m. with public hearings on the proposed 2015-16 capital and operating budgets, as well as the proposed recreation fees.

Later in the meeting, trustees are scheduled to vote on the proposals.

If the $830 fee is approved, it would account for $6.746 million in total fees in 2015-16, levied against 8,181 parcels — of those, 7,743 properties pay both fees, whereas the others are not assessed the $100 beach fee due to not having beach access.

As for the 2015-16 overall budget, according to Nevada law, a final budget must be adopted by June 1, 2015, and filed with the Nevada Department of Taxation.

If trustees lend preliminary approval next week, staff will work to prepare the final budget for public viewing prior to the July 1, 2015, fiscal turnover.

Residents can type the following URL into a web browser — tinyurl.com/lc3dl9v — to download a full agenda packet for Thursday’s meeting, which includes the proposed budget.

IN OTHER IVGID NEWS

Trustees will also discuss on May 21 changing district policy regarding board meeting conduct.

Specifically, board chairman Jim Smith is recommending the following change: “The Board of Trustees and Staff will make every effort to have the agenda and supporting materials delivered to the Board of Trustees and members of the public seven (7) business days prior to the set meeting date.”

According to the agenda item prepared by Smith, the goal is attainable, and if approved, the policy will be subject to periodic board review.

The item is being brought forward after the board gave verbal direction of the same timeline at its Dec. 2, 2014, meeting to General Manager Steve Pinkerton.

According to the district, there have been 10 instances since that vote when agenda packets had to be prepared for meetings, the most recent being the board’s April 29 regular meeting.

Of those meetings, the seven-day deadline has been met once (by five hours, for the Feb. 5 meeting).

The packet was delivered 1 hour and 46 minutes late, according to IVGID, for the April 2 meeting.

Other meetings were several hours or days behind the seven-day board recommendation, according to the district.

“We are averaging four business days and 477 pages per packet,” Smith said in a story prior to the April 29 meeting. “Therefore, this data indicates 119 pages per day for the board to read, understand and get community input on before decision making on general business items.”

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK

Smith has also previously said the seven-day goal is in order for residents to be more informed.

In November 2014, a “FlashVote” survey went out to the community with the question, “How much advance notice do you think the public should typically have to review public meeting agenda items?”

According to the district, out of 182 responses, 39.6 percent said “2 weeks,” while 36.8 percent preferred “1 week,” and 15.4 percent voted for “More than 2 weeks.”

Meanwhile, 7.1 percent voted for “72 hours,” according to IVGID; Nevada law mandates agenda packets be published three business days and by 9 a.m. prior to a set meeting date.

To learn more about IVGID meetings, visit ivgid.org, and click on “Board Meetings & Agendas.”

If you want to be notified of upcoming board meetings, send an email to sah@ivgid.org with “Notice” in the subject line.