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.
Homes and businesses in Truckee and Lake Tahoe are under several feet of snow.
(AP) - Some Sierra resorts are planning to extend skiing until May after a spring storm dropped fresh snow on the area.
(AP) - Nevada wildlife officials say a young black bear euthanized at Lake Tahoe last week had the same mother as two others they've had to put down because they lost their fear of humans.
(AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has abandoned logging plans it suspended in the mountains above Lake Tahoe nearly two years ago.
Tourism in North Lake Tahoe is rising dramatically even in the drought. Hotel occupancy was up 8 percent last weekend over the same period last year according to the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.