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Guest Column: Why Tahoe Donner supports Measure R

Tom Johns

EDITOR’S NOTE: Measure R is a proposed quarter-cent, 10-year sales tax increase for Truckee trails funding ­on the June 3 primary. For information on the primary, visit http://www.mynevadacounty.com (select “elections” under the departments tab).

We are pleased to let the Truckee community know that at the Tahoe Donner Homeowner Association meeting Saturday, March 22, the board unanimously voted to support and endorse the vote for Measure R.

We wholeheartedly support this effort as it is in line with our vision to continue to offer unmatched recreational opportunities in Truckee and Tahoe Donner, now and forever.

The quarter-cent sales tax is a solid investment in our community trails infrastructure that will enable Truckee residents, visitors and second homeowners to continue to enjoy our endless and constantly improving recreational opportunities. This investment fits perfectly with our Tahoe Donner vision statement:

“Tahoe Donner is a vibrant and desirable mountain community, with modern recreational facilities, events, programs, and leading customer service, surrounded by accessible and healthy natural resources.”

With more than 25,000 members and almost 500,000 amenity visits annually, the association provides standards for, and regular operation and long-term maintenance of, programs, facilities and open space.

With a highly professional board of directors, staff and homeowner committee volunteers, the association engages the local community in a collaborative relationship, providing continuous improvement, innovation, customer service and fiscal accountability.

Tahoe Donner values the continued development and maintenance of trails in our community and is particularly looking forward to the planned paved Class 1 connector trail from Tahoe Donner to downtown Truckee that the Town of Truckee has been planning for several years as part of the Truckee Trails and Bikeways master plan.

The Trout Creek Trail is proposed to connect Northwoods Boulevard near the entry monument of Tahoe Donner to Downtown Truckee at Bridge Street just north of Highway 80. We recognize that this trail will be a great connection for our residents.

This trail will be primarily funded by Truckee Special Service Area 1 funds. All of the properties within the Tahoe Donner subdivision are contained within this TSSA-1 area.

There is an existing annual assessment on TSSA-1 properties resulting in approximately $590,000 per year of revenue to the special assessment fund. The main purpose of the TSSA-1 funds is to provide for maintenance to Tahoe Donner roads more frequently than on other town roads.

The use of these funds has been expanded in recent years to include projects that benefit the TSSA-1 service area, specifically trail projects and parking improvements in the town right-of-way. This new trail will be a great addition to the recreational experience in Tahoe Donner and Truckee.

Funds gathered with Measure R are slated to expand the Town trail system beyond this project as identified in the Town of Truckee Trails and Bikeway Master Plan. In addition, these funds will provide for the maintenance to the existing network.

The Tahoe Donner Association board of directors is excited about the upcoming efforts to expand the network of trails in Truckee.

We enthusiastically support the specifics that Measure R will fund including the completion of the Truckee River Legacy Trail and the maintenance of existing and new trails.

Furthermore, we substantiate the opportunity for children to have safe routes to walk and bike to school and the opportunity to preserve open space along trail corridors and connect Truckee to regional networks beyond town limits.

We are pleased to endorse Measure R and support all the efforts of the Town of Truckee to further recreational opportunities in our mountain community.

— Tom Johns is president of the board for Tahoe Donner Homeowner Association. He wrote this guest column on behalf of the entire Tahoe Donner Board of Directors — Jim Stan, vice president; Steve Miller, treasurer; Dick Gander, secretary and Courtney Murrell, director.