City Manager Nancy Kerry recently presented the City Council with a report on South Lake Tahoe roads.
“We need $2 million every year just to maintain the condition they are in today, which is rated ‘F’ -- failing,” says Kerry.
Then, she looks at the budget for how to pay for new roads.
“Interesting, $2 million is what we spend on retiree health,” says Kerry.
Kerry says health and pension benefits have trumped infrastructure spending for decades. The projected unfunded liability is $70 million.
“So the public can see this direct correlation, we have provided benefits in a way thats unsustainable because of the healthcare system, its not the retirees fault, the system is out of control,” says Kerry.
Kerry is negotiating with six unions to eliminate the health benefit. If she succeeds, that will still leave a $50 million pension liability.
But Kerry says the state doesn’t allow her to renegotiate pensions, the legislature would have to approve that.
The most-detailed data collection effort along the shores of Lake Tahoe is underway and researchers are asking for donations to expand it.
Scientists are warning about the disappearance of native species in Lake Tahoe. They say more types of creatures are disappearing faster.
A new camera network to detect and monitor emergencies at Lake Tahoe is being unveiled today.
As a way to bring in more income, ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area are turning to zip lines. Heavenly Ski Resort opened one this year, and Diamond Peak is working on a zip line proposal this summer.
Lake Tahoe nonprofits were struggling to find a place now have a new home at Kings Beach.