North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial: IVGID board must delay Friday vote
EDITOR’S NOTE: Unsigned editorials are the opinion of the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza editorial staff.
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees should not take action at its special meeting Friday morning regarding the creation of the job positions of administrative assistant and assistant general manager.
Currently, there is a major lack of information available for public consumption for any sort of educated — or trusted, for that matter — vote to take place.
The agenda packet for Friday’s special meeting is anemically thin on these two items. Outside of their titles, IVGID taxpayers and voters are in the dark about what these positions mean in terms of cost and liability.
What are their salaries and benefits?
What are the job descriptions?
Would the board or staff do the interviewing and hiring?
Would these employees be full time, or seasonal?
Further, does our current general manager, Steve Pinkerton, who’s not even a year into the job, need an assistant general manager? If an administrative assistant to the board is hired, how would the workload he or she takes from the current board clerk, Susan Herron, be delegated within the district?
While there is nothing wrong with trustees discussing ideas, we can’t help but scratch our heads and wonder how this special meeting came to fruition and how its details-lacking agenda packet was published 72 hours before the meeting time.
What’s the point of the board moving to once-a-month regular meetings if it apparently can schedule a special meeting willy nilly to potentially vote on issues that matter to the taxpayers?
Every one of the current trustees platformed in 2014 and 2012 on positions that stressed the importance of communication and transparency.
We feel that these two agenda items set for Friday are very poor examples of those campaign promises being carried out.
Important agenda items like these — which could add six figures in cost annually to the district’s expenses — demand more than a couple sentences in an agenda packet promoting a meeting where a vote may take place.
In the aforementioned news story (link provided above) IVGID Board Chairman Jim Smith is quoted as saying, “… by reorganizing, we will end up saving money and providing better service and value to the district.”
While the board and staff may feel a need for the addition of these senior-level administrative positions, until we know in great detail what that reorganization plan is and how explicitly it will save money, how can the public put any trust into Mr. Smith or the rest of the board’s elected officials in a vote like this?
We urge the board to only discuss the positions on Friday and to come back to vote at a later date — only when all the above questions have been answered.
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