Assembly takes up events center room fee today |

Assembly takes up events center room fee today

A proposed indoor events center is seen in this artist's rendering. The estimated cost for the building in Stateline is $100 million.
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This will be a big week for a proposed events center at Stateline as votes are scheduled in the Nevada Legislature and Douglas County Board of Commissioners that could affect its future.

A Senate bill that would add $5 to the price of a room at Stateline to help fund the events center goes before the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs this morning.

The session is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room 4100 in the Legislative Building in Carson City.

Senate Bill 461 passed the Nevada Senate unanimously on April 22.

On Thursday, the redevelopment area designed to help fund the center will go up for a vote by Douglas County commissioners.

Commissioner Dave Nelson, a longtime opponent of using money raised by the redevelopment area to fund the center, asked for the agenda item.

Nelson and Commissioner John Engels oppose the area saying it drains property tax dollars from the county and other districts.

Commissioners Larry Walsh and Wes Rice have supported the redevelopment area, saying it will preserve Stateline as a source of tax revenue.

Commission Chairman Barry Penzel has voted with Walsh and Rice on redevelopment.

At their last discussion on the center, Nelson sought to have Tahoe Beach Club removed from the redevelopment area, while Engels suggested dissolving it altogether.

The redevelopment area was approved by county commissioners on Feb. 18, 2016.

Redevelopment areas raise revenues from increased property value within their boundaries. Douglas County’s first redevelopment area was established in the north county and helped bring Home Depot, Target, Walmart and Best Buy to the county by paying for infrastructure in what had essentially been sagebrush and storage units.

Under state law, money raised in the area must be spent there. Redevelopment Area No. 1 was dissolved in 2018, but still has $3 million in its coffers.

South Shore tourism officials have been seeking a year-around events center for years. Redevelopment in South Lake Tahoe came close to building one just over the state line. Then California dissolved all of its redevelopment areas and swept the money into the state coffers to balance its budget.

Concerns something similar would happen in Nevada resulted in the expenditure of $2 million on Genoa.

Douglas County is not the only entity at Lake Tahoe to benefit from property tax. The Douglas County School District and the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District also benefit.

County commissioners will hear a cost analysis prepared by a Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority consultant before taking up the redevelopment area.

They meet 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tahoe Transportation Center.