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Informed, involved and inclusive

I’m running for Seat 3 on the Board of Directors of the North Tahoe Public Utility District. Our community and the Board are faced with ongoing maintenance needs and must aggressively prioritize the rehabilitation of the sewer and water lines owned and operated by the NTPUD. This is especially crucial in “the grid” of Kings Beach, which does not meet current standards. The board faces tough decisions on those and other issues. I will insist these decisions are made in a fiscally responsible, open, transparent and inclusive manner, considering the views of all community members.

We must be willing and able to work with new partners to collect all available resources for the tasks ahead. I have decades of demonstrated success in working with partners on the local, regional, state and federal level. I possess the relationships necessary to further build those partnerships.

Our North Tahoe Community Conference Center is a North Shore resource whose use can be expanded and whose function must be better defined. Currently it’s operating in the red, but we can change that with smart partnerships. We must work with professionals at the Placer County Redevelopment Agency and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association to provide the marketing expertise and tourist accommodation upgrades necessary to allow the Conference Center to compete with facilities outside the NTPUD.

I am the only candidate who has the existing contacts to make that happen. It’s not about finding new tax dollars to pour down a black hole, it’s about creating a better product that will operate in the black.

NTPUD board members must step up in leadership positions on the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project to ensure the necessary redevelopment of our downtown motels and retail businesses. We must work together to make Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista and the North Shore the best that it can be. I will continue to use the triple bottom line approach as the foundation of my decisions, that community, economy and the environment must be considered when planning for the future. I pledge to continue my participation in the KBCCIP planning effort.

The recurring issue of consolidation of the TCPUD and the NTPUD was discussed at the recent Candidates’ Night. Most simply, we aren’t ready to approach any decision on whether to consolidate the districts. Too many questions need to be posed and then answered. But we should not avoid the issue based upon the perceptions of the past. Consolidating the districts would require serious discussions between district leadership and, more importantly, consideration of community support and NTPUD employee job security. And we should look to the successful example of the consolidation of the Kings Beach and Tahoe City Fire Department 12 years ago that resulted in slowing cost increases, faster response times and a better-trained, full time workforce. Whether the NTFPD model would work in the context of the PUDs remains to be determined.

What we have now is the opportunity to work with the TCPUD on recreation programs. The NTPUD has wonderful facilities, beaches, and a regional park that could very well prove the perfect complement to the TCPUD’s outstanding programs. We simply must make wise decisions in our use of limited funds for recreation and make the most out of the dollars we have to invest.

I’m committed to enhancing recreational opportunities in our community. Yes, we live in one of the most amazing places on the planet, but we can do better for our local residents with year round recreation choices. I actively support the NTPUD’s revitalized Recreation and Parks Commission. I applaud its collaborative efforts with volunteer citizens’ groups like the Disc Golf Committee and its partnership with the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation to generate private funds thus conserving taxpayer resources. They have collected over $12,000 to design and install the Disc Golf Course. Congratulations to all involved. We must encourage the involvement of our young families, facilitating their efforts to build facilities such as a skateboard park, and lead them to successful civic participation. We can do no less.

I am proud to say I’m informed, involved and inclusive. I’m running for the NTPUD Board because I have a deep commitment to my community’s future. My passion for effective community service and balanced fiscal approach, coupled with my demonstrated experience in partner building, fund raising and leadership will allow me to effectively work on behalf of our residents and ratepayers. I ask for your support on Nov. 7.

Theresa May Duggan is a candidate for Seat 3 on the North Tahoe Public Utility District’s board of directors.

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