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Survey: Should North Tahoe PUD change to at-large elections?

Staff report

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — The North Tahoe Public Utility District recently launched a survey to collect input on whether to change its election method of board members.

Since the district's formation in 1948, board candidates have run for a seat number (1 through 5), with the top vote-getter out of a two-person race winning. The district's five seats don't represent geographical areas.

The PUD is considering switching to a voting-at-large method, in which candidates would run for all available board seats, with the top vote-getters winning.

The survey will be available until Sept. 15, with the topic scheduled to go before the board for consideration at its Oct. 13 meeting.

According to the PUD, there is no additional cost in holding at-large elections.

The next election is November 2016, with three seats open — held by John Bergmann, Tim Ferrell and Phil Thompson.

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Each director on the five-member board serves a staggered four-year term, with two elected in one cycle and the remaining three during the next cycle two years afterward.

To supply additional comments beyond the survey, send them to ntpud@ntpud.org or PO Box 139, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148.