Opinion: Reducing the IVGID rec fee a foolish idea
Special to the Bonanza
Two dollars a day doesn’t sound like a lot, but here in Incline Village/Crystal Bay, two dollars a day gets you two golf courses, a beautiful restaurant and a meeting facility, a ski resort, an 11-court tennis center, a first-class recreation center along with beautiful parks and open space.
For another 27 cents a day, the vast majority of our community gets some of the most beautiful private beaches in the world.
But that isn’t all! As a property owner, you get great discounts when you use all of these facilities. On any day that you are using the facilities, you are probably going to get a discounted rate that is far more than your two dollar a day contribution.
For example, while a visitor can pay as much as $179 to play a round of golf, owners pay less than half of that amount. At our smaller course, you can play for as little as a dollar per hole. So any day that you golf, you could be saving up to $100 or more on that day.
If you don’t golf, but just prefer to have lunch at the grill, you get a ten percent discount off of our fine dining. If you’d like to rent our banquet facility, your cost is 25 percent off the going rate.
On any day you dine, you will probably save at least $2-$3 on your tab. On the rare occasion that you host a dinner or a wedding, you could save five hundred to a thousand dollars!
You get another 25 percent off if you want to play tennis at our beautiful complex — and the rates aren’t that high to start out with. You also get discounts to work out, swim or play basketball at our recreation center — and don’t forget about all the health, fitness and wellness programs that are provided as well!
You would be hard pressed to find another community of our size with such a wealth of activities. Any day you head to our recreational facilities, your discount will likely be more than your two dollars a day.
If you are a skier, you will paying less than 50 percent of the cost of a daily lift ticket. And our lift tickets are already the lowest around. For a season pass, you can save as much as $100 by being a property owner.
Oh and by the way, our mountain has some of the most spectacular lake views in the world! Even if you only ski on those rare powder days, you will likely save more than $100 every winter.
At the beach, for qualifying property owners, admission is free of charge for you and your family. Your guests can join you on our incredibly well-maintained beaches for only $12.
If the lake is too cold for you, our beachside pool is no additional charge. Take your family three days a year, and your discounts more than cover your total annual cost for the beaches.
In other words, not only do we get to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, we also get to enjoy very high quality amenities at a nominal cost.
Where else on earth has all this? Nowhere!
We find it amazing, that at this bargain price, we’ve still got a small group of owners asking us to reduce the fee. Our rec fee would be a bargain at twice the price. Lowering the fee would mean putting off necessary maintenance of facilities.
One of the reasons our rec fee can stay low is because we’ve spent the last 10 years taking care of our facilities. This is not the time to be penny-wise and pound-foolish.
Keep the rec fee where it is, and continue to enjoy the most incredible array of recreational amenities on the planet!
Jack Schroeder is an Incline Village resident and member of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club, and Bob Wheeler, a Reno resident, is president on the club.
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