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Readers write: High price tag

Pat DavisonExecutive DirectorContractors Association of Truckee Tahoe

Kudos to Truckee Councilwoman Carolyn Dee for expressing her concern about the newly increased mitigation fee for park and recreation facilities. We share her concern. The increase doubles the Rec andamp; Park fee amount to be paid this year for new homes in Glenshire, Tahoe Donner, Olympic Heights and other long established subdivisions. The fee will increase again in 2009. Without getting into other details of the fee increase, suffice to say that these economic times make the question of how much do we want to pay more important than ever. While outside economic forces are not within the control of the Rec and Park District, fees are a controllable factor. Fees are blended into the home price and in good times, fees can easily be passed onto the consumer who can pay. Fees have an influence on our cost of housing and cost of living. We pay a premium for living here. The scenic backdrop we call home is a magnet, no doubt about it. And while we complain about what the market demand has done to us beyond our control maybe its time to step back and look at what we are doing to ourselves. Re-thinking costs for facilities may be worthwhile because ultimately we have to live with the consequences of a high price tag. The price tag is not just what someone else has to pay that price tag has a relevance to all of us. That was Councilwoman Dees point and we applaud her sensitivity and concern.