North Tahoe PUD: Mooney slips past Thompson |

North Tahoe PUD: Mooney slips past Thompson

Ryan Slabaugh
Sierra Sun

KINGS BEACH ” Frank Mooney narrowly beat Phil Thompson late Tuesday night in the race for North Tahoe Public Utility District Seat 1.

At midnight, Mooney held a slim 604-602 lead, before pulling away to a 906-840 finishing margin. Percentage-wise, Mooney took the race 51.7 percent to 48 percent.

During the campaign, when asked questions about rates in the district, Mooney placed his emphasis on the current capital improvement projects, which lists costs, timeframe and funding sources for each project.

Thompson, meanwhile, says he hoped to show improvements if any rates were increased. He also said he had hoped to replace as many aging water lines when possible.

Both said the Kings Beach Conference Center is not fulfilling its potential as a regional draw, and would need remodeling.

Mooney also encouraged a look at combining utility districts with the Tahoe City PUD, which could allow for less administrative expenses.