Towns agree to pay for county services |

Towns agree to pay for county services

by Aurora Sain and Kurt Hildebrand
staff writers

Despite the warning that Minden’s ratepayers will end up footing the bill, town board members voted to approve a deal with Douglas County to pay the administrative costs provided to the town’s enterprise fund.

Town Board member Matt Bernard said that Minden residents will end up paying the $35,871 sought by the county for services rendered to the town’s garbage and water services.

Board member Charlie Condron pointed out that the town and county have helped one another for years.

“This just moves money from one tax pocket to another,” he said. “

Board member John Stephans said he felt it was the best deal the town would get from the county.

“It boils down to saying yea or nay,” he said. “If we do nothing, it takes the bat out of our hands and gives the county an opportunity to go after our general fund. This is the best deal we can strike.”

Stephans wasn’t happy about the deal though, pointing out that Minden gave up $45,000 in property tax in 2010 a year to the county balance its budget.

Gardnerville town board members reversed their position against cost allocation on Tuesday. and approved paying $20,464 to the county.

The amount Gardnerville residents pay for trash service will support the cost of providing that service.

“If we don’t take any action it will go to the commissioners,” said Gardnerville Town Manager Tom Dallaire. “And they can decide on the entire budget or the enterprise fund.”

The item passed unanimously, with all board member agreeing that this was the right decision to make.

“We can justify it now,” said board member Linda Slater. “The other figures we couldn’t justify.”

Douglas County is providing $2 million in services to various governmental entities and getting $1.6 million, according to a March report.

Originally, Gardnerville was asked for $79,819, while the county sought $98,394 from Minden.