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Kudos to Washoe County commissioner for questioning IVGID | Opinion

L. Mark Newman
Special to the Bonanza

It is quite unfortunate that name calling has become a substitute for discussing or debating issues. Apparently, it is much easier to marginalize individuals than address their concerns.

I have always considered citizens exercising oversight of their governance as informed and responsible. Whether they number two or two thousand, their voices have a right to be heard. If we don’t hold our elected and unelected government officials accountable, we will all suffer the consequences.

I and dozens of other active and concerned citizens want to express our gratitude to Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler.

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READ MORE: Community malcontents set on destroying IVGID, former trustee says.

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She has given all of us an opportunity to restore public trust in our governance and ensure the integrity and competence of our government officials and government employees.

This is no small matter. The issues under review relate to fiscal responsibility, financial transparency, accurate communication and compliance with all Nevada Revised Statutes.

The summer beach shuttle and the Quarterly magazine are just recent examples of staff’s unappropriated expenditures. The “smoothing” that allows millions of dollars of our Recreation Facility Fees collected to provide debt service to be “repurposed” for other operating or capital expenses after those bonds have sunset are not only a violation of public trust — it is, in our view, just plain wrong.

To those who have presented factual objections to staff proposals at trustee meetings only to see a majority of trustees ignore or overrule our objections, and for other conscientious citizens who have written letters to our general manager and not received a response or raised a concern with a trustee and been dismissed — an elected official who listens and takes action is one that deserves the highest accolades.

Commissioner Berkbigler has responded to our phone calls and emails with unprecedented professional courtesy and alacrity.

I strongly urge everyone to contact Washoe County Commissioner Berkbigler and express their support of her initiative to provide every member of the community a public platform to express their concerns and seek corrective action.

I encourage everyone to attend the Hearing on Tuesday, August 25th.

L. Mark Newman is an Incline Village resident.