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Letter to the Editor: IVGID survey is flawed

The survey that IVGID parcel owners received recently about the beaches has a major flaw. There is no way to confirm that the respondent is an Incline parcel owner.

The survey could be copied by the hundreds and circulated in other communities of Lake Tahoe, could be filed in multiple copies by the same person(s), or completed by renters, family of parcel owners, and others.

How can the survey possibly be considered valid or meaningful unless this issue is corrected?

It is likely the results of the survey will be used by someone in IVGID to build a “case” for someone’s agenda, modification of ordinances, or even legislation. This simply cannot be done.

The first Google ‘hit’ on the definition of survey research was: “Survey research is one of the most important areas of measurement in applied social research. The broad area of survey research encompasses any measurement procedures that involve asking questions of respondents.”

For someone to say that IVGID has a “count” of the number of surveys that were mailed and this “count” will be used to confirm that multiple copies were not made is without foundation. The most recent Washoe County election, June 11, had only a 23.4 percent turnout.

If even one non-parcel owner completes the survey, then the survey, in my opinion, should be declared void. 

Leo Craft

Incline Village