Commission blasts TCC
What began as a discussion on new room tax legislative bills among county commissioners Thursday quickly turned into a free-for-all bash session on Tahoe Citizens Committee leaders.
“It’s all about money, and room tax” said Commissioner Bernie Curtis. “It sickens me to see people who joined the TCC are being betrayed.
“They had a lot of good points but it all comes down to money.”
The TCC has proposed using 7 cents of the 9-cent room tax for promotion of tourism and gaming. Due to proposed increases in the proposition which could see the total amount rise to between $2.8 and $2.9 million dollars, Commissioner Steve Weissinger said he opposes it.
Weissinger said the proposal began at $1.6 million, then grew to $2.2 million. And now is up to as much as $2.9 million.
“Two-point-nine (million) is the maximum this commissioner is willing to commit to, and no more,” said Weissinger.
“I feel like I’m chasing a moving train,” said Commissioner Kelly Kite.
“That’s better than being in front of one,” said Commissioner Don Miner.
“We can pretty much put a lock on the library, Senior Citizen’s Center and, well, people can use the parks until they wear out,” said Kite illustrating the shortcomings he believes the Valley will incur should Douglas County give such a large sum of transient occupancy taxes to the Lake.
“The TCC committee just became the TOT committee,” said Commissioner Miner, who represents the Lake portion of Douglas County.
Miner said he has tried to remain neutral for some time. “I’m disappointed myself. To see a moving target is disconcerting to me.”
“I would be willing to bet that one year from now we won’t be better off and we may be behind,” said Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen.
“If this pans out the way Harvey Whittemore (lobbyist for the TCC) wants it to pan out, there will be a bitter taste in Douglas County residents’ mouths for a long time.”
“Well, I’m certainly not going to be spreading the good word for the casinos,” said Weissinger of the Stateline casino core.