TRPA North Shore office closed |

TRPA North Shore office closed

TAHOE CITY ” The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency officially closed the doors of their North Shore office in Tahoe City on Thursday; the closure is indefinite until budget conditions improve.

“Because of declining revenue and worsening economic conditions, we have no choice but to streamline operations,” said Dennis Oliver, TRPA spokesman. “Our hope is that we will be able to weather these challenging times with minimal effect on customer service and our core mission of protecting Lake Tahoe.”

In another measure to cut costs, today marks one of six scheduled days the agency will close and employees will be required to take a mandatory day off without pay. In the coming months, agency offices will be closed Feb. 13, March 20, April 10, May 22 and Jun. 19.

The agency has also offered staff members voluntary separation and sabbatical packages to reduce personnel costs and avoid layoffs, according to a TRPA press release. The layoffs may, however, be necessary if participation in the voluntary program is insufficient to balance the current-year budget.

Other cost-cutting measures already taken by the agency include salary freezes, a hiring freeze, operational cuts, and a freeze on training and travel.

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