Spread the open space joy around
It probably didnt require a full-on poll to determine that residents of Truckee consider open space an important issue. After all, space is why many of us have chosen to make this mountain town our home. But as Truckee and the surrounding areas grow, that cherished space will dwindle. Seeing that possibility on the horizon, the Truckee Town Council hired a polling firm to ask registered voters and property owners, who live both inside and outside town, whether theyd put their money where Truckee experts believe they will paying for open space.Not surprisingly, there was hearty support for both a one-quarter cent sales tax and a $56 parcel charge if the funding would be used for permanent protection of open space and whatever related improvements to water quality protection for streams and the Truckee River means. Of the people polled, the majority said theyd be more inclined to support the sales tax approach versus the parcel tax. The question could go to voters some time next year. Our advice to the powers that be? Dont just tap homeowners. With the current list of parcel taxes already on residents property tax bills think Measure A, Measure H and a raft of others more taxes tacked on to the mortgage will only become, well, more taxing. And while the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District may not be eyeing a parcel tax to help fund a new community center, a possible bond measure seeking money for that project would only add to voter overload and weariness in the future.So spread the open space joy around by funding it through a sales tax increase that would be felt by tourist, long-term visitor renter and homeowner alike. While property owners are fortunate to own in this beautiful place, they are not the only people who enjoy the wide open spaces.
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