Bill would change how districts sell property |

Bill would change how districts sell property

R-C Capitol Bureau
Sen. Ben Kieckhefer

A bill would require general improvement districts to follow the same rules for disposing of land as Nevada’s cities and counties.

Senate Bill 279 was drafted after an employee of the Incline Village General Improvement District sold off three small, unbuildable pieces of land to private buyers. That land was deeded to the district by Washoe County on the condition the land would be publicly owned open space.

Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, said despite their small size, owning one of those parcels, “gives you a significant benefit.” He said those owners get access to the private beaches owned by the district as well as lower fees for recreation, including golf.

He said the bill would require all districts in Nevada to use a public process including notice and a hearing before property is disposed of. He said he thinks this situation may be unique to Incline Village because he knows of no other situation in which property has been disposed of without a hearing and notice.

Washoe County officials said they’re in full support of the measure.

The committee took no action on the measure.