IVGID is a poorly run agency with questionable financials | Opinion
Special to the Bonanza
I find it interesting that Bea Epstein, a former IVGID trustee, writes a guest column in last week’s Bonanza — “Community malcontents are set on destroying IVGID” — that quite frankly has few facts and a lot of innuendo.
Individuals who are left unnamed and labeled as malcontents are brutally attacked for repeatedly challenging the wisdom of IVGID decisions.
The investigative research and verifiable facts supporting their assertions are left unexamined, and they are personally denigrated and denounced and likened to destroyers, bullies and government harassers.
And with the strokes of her keypad, she has rendered her judgment of the issues as non-issues and deleted all the concerns of every community member reaching out to our Washoe County commissioner for assistance by calling them, you guessed it, a new generation of malcontents.
Isn’t it time to have an adult discussion evaluating IVGID policies and performance and leaving personal assassination to Facebook and reality TV?
IVGID is a poorly run institution operating with limited trustee and other regulatory agency oversight. Key decisions are rendered by the general manager and senior staff without community discussion or consent, and in some cases, without board approval.
READ MORE: Washoe County invites IVGID officials to address alleged misconduct.
New directions and major capital projects are advanced without substantive community participation.
Have you checked out their financials? As a CPA, I have invested about 6 months reviewing their financial operations and found IVGID accounting opaque, inconsistent and utterly lacking in detail.
But you don’t have to be a financial person to see that all of our recreational venues operate at a loss and are subsidized by our annual, mandatory Recreation Facility Fee.
Now, if all our recreational facilities were provided and maintained for the exclusive use of all parcel owners, residents and their guests, it is quite possible that our community service costs, capital expenditures, maintenance and yes, our RFF, would be considerably lower.
But our recreational venues are available to everyone from an Alaskan homeowner to a Reno/Sparks resident, and every parcel owner who pays a Recreation Facility Fee is subsidizing their use of our community’s Recreation Center, Tennis Courts, Parks and Athletic Fields, Chateau, Golf Courses and Ski Mountain, et al.
I suspect I will never hear from a contented IVGID supporter delivering their approval with even a handful of facts, because there are few facts to support what IVGID does.
But please, those of you who do not support my IVGID evaluation, supply me with the validation that disproves my argument. I will look forward to it.
Dick Warren is a part-time Incline Village resident and an Incline property owner.
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