Greetings Community Members,
At the Joint NTPUD and TCPUD Board meeting held on January 31, 2024, the Board of Directors from both Districts voted to continue with the planning and pursuit of the effort to bring a Recreation and Aquatic Center to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. The joint meeting was well attended, with online and in-person participation reaching close to 100 people. If you were in attendance, we thank you for your participation!
The decision came after the polling results, conducted by professionals at Team CivX and True North, showed that between 53-59% of the registered voters in the region would support a tax initiative to fund the construction, operation and maintenance of a combined Recreation and Aquatic Center at the Firestone Property in North Lake Tahoe. Because these results fall short of the 67% super majority currently needed to pass a ballot initiative, this measure will not be considered for the November 2024 election. Nonetheless, there are other important actions that need to take place over the next year and that the Districts will be working toward.
The Firestone Property, located adjacent to Hwy 28 in Dollar Hill, has been identified as the ideal location for the Center. Before anything can be constructed on this property, land agreements must first be reached with both Placer County and California Tahoe Conservancy.
Additionally, a ballot initiative titled ACA 1, which is on the November 2024 ballot, would, if passed, lower the voter threshold for tax initiatives to build local public infrastructure projects from the current 67% super majority to 55% for approval. As the regional support is between 53-59%, this measure passing is a key component to the Districts going to ballot at a future date.
If pieces fall into place and the Districts do go to ballot in 2026 or later, community support and advocacy will be an essential component to the initiative passing. The Districts’ will be relying on community members such as yourself to help raise awareness of the project and its benefits to the North Lake Tahoe region. If serving a bigger role is something that interests you, please reach out to us. Otherwise, we will continue to send updates to this email list as the project advances.
Thank you for your support to date and stay tuned for more updates as they come.
- Valli Murnane, TCPUD Director of Parks & Recreation
- Amanda Oberacker, NTPUD Manager of Recreation, Parks, & Facilities