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Opinion: Who, or what, owns IVGID’s recreation amenities?

Bill Casey
Special to the Bonanza

Have you ever asked yourself who or what owns the recreation amenities here in Incline Village? The homeowners or IVGID?

That’s the question I asked myself a short time ago after reading about the Diamond Peak Master Plan in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and again in the new IVGID Quarterly.

I have lived here for 31 years, and I have always thought that the golf courses, ski hill, tennis courts, Chateau, and recreation center were owned by the homeowners and that the homeowners paid IVGID a recreation facility fee, because IVGID maintained those recreation amenities on behalf of the homeowners.

But I didn’t really know for sure, so I reached out to some people who I thought would know.

I contacted a long-standing Incline Village real estate broker who said the homeowners owned all of the recreation facilities and that IVGID managed them on the homeowners’ behalf.

I contacted all five of the IVGID trustees and was told by some that IVGID owned the recreation facilities, and by others that the homeowners owned the recreation facilities.

I contacted our Washoe County Commissioner, Marsha Berkbigler, who told me that she always thought the homeowners owned the recreation facilities and that IVGID worked for the homeowners to maintain them, but that she could be wrong.

She contacted the assistant district attorney who told her that he looked at the assessor’s records and discovered that the recreation amenities were all in the name of IVGID.

So, if IVGID owns all of the recreation amenities, then why are the homeowners subsidizing IVGID’s entrepreneurial aspirations, such as the Diamond Peak Master Plan?

Shouldn’t IVGID be treated like any other local business and succeed or fail on its own merits? After all, Incline homeowners are not required to subsidize Raley’s or the 7-Eleven with a mandatory local-business fee.

Maybe we’ll find out who or what really owns the recreation amenities here in Incline Village during the Washoe County hearing on August 25.

Bill Casey is an Incline Village resident. He may be reached for comment at Mountainwolf22@gmail.com.