This may turn out to be one of the most important elections in IVGID’s history. Even if you haven’t voted in years, I urge you to become an informed voter. Whether you’re a property owner or renter, let your voice be heard in determining the future of IVGID.
IVGID is a General Improvement District (“GID”). IVGID thinks of itself as nothing more than a series of businesses (take a look at the Q&A section to see how this misconception has evolved). It has had nearly 50 years to use our money to build ITS businesses. I say ITS businesses because most of what IVGID spends our money on has nothing to do with recreation or utilities for residents (the very reason for IVGID's existence). Just think; if IVGID actually made money, wouldn’t we property owners be getting a check every month? Or wouldn’t our Recreation and Beach Fees be going down Instead of up? The truth of the matter is IVGID spends more than it makes (over $61 MILLION more over the last eleven years) and local property owners have become IVGID’s “piggy bank.” For those voters who are tenants, you may be thinking about buying now that real estate prices have come down. But at the rate IVGID is spending and without a change of course, your Recreation and Beach Fees may end up being higher than your property taxes! Even if you’re not thinking of buying, can you point to any other community, anywhere, where tenants must get their landlords’ “permission” just to get a resident discount/Rec Pass for PUBLIC (and not Homeowner Association) amenities? This is specifically because of the Recreation and Beach Fees. If we have a different means of financing our venues, tenants will no longer be treated as if they were second class citizens.
If you don’t understand there’s a problem, how can you possibly offer solutions? If you’re a current or past Trustee who created the very problems/debts we’re now shackled with, how can you possibly offer the leadership necessary to reverse course? I understand and have a Plan. If you agree it’s time for a REAL change, I respectfully ask for your vote. And thanks for taking the time to become informed.
I have been a year round resident of Incline Village since 2007. In the last two or more years I have regularly attended most IVGID Board and Audit Committee meetings. Except for Frank Wright (who’s also running for Trustee) and Bea Epstein (who's on the Board), I rarely saw my fellow candidates. From my attendance at these meetings, the questions I have asked and the documents I have examined, I’ve acquired a unique knowledge of IVGID, its history, policies, affairs and finances that will serve me well as your new Trustee. This site will share much of what I’ve seen and learned, and I think you’re going to be shocked by many of my discoveries. It may take some time to bring this site “up to speed,” so please bear with me, and check back often for updates.
I am running for IVGID Trustee because our Board refuses to mete out the “tough love” I believe is required. IVGID needs fixing. EVERY one of its business operations loses money; A LOT of money! Few other candidates understand this stark reality, and two of them actually caused many of the problems we currently face. Every candidate claims to be a successful “business person” or “entrepreneur.” IVGID’s history reads like a who’s who of business people and entrepreneurs and look where it has gotten us. I say enough with “so called” business persons/entrepreneurs. Moreover, the IVGID Board doesn't operate ANY IVGID business; that's what our General Manager is supposed to do. Since our Board exists to establish and implement POLICY, what good are your “entrepreneurial” skills when it comes to policy?
Unlike most of my fellow candidates, I am beholden to no one. I don’t depend upon IVGID, our community’s largest employer (i.e., BIG government), for a job. I’m not running a local business which hopes IVGID will not become my business competitor. Nor do I hope IVGID will choose my business to become one of its favored “partners” so I can reap an unfair advantage over my competitors. I’m not representing a non-profit, however worthy, that wants to use the public’s recreational facilities for free or below cost, or in exchange for things having nothing to do with recreation nor are related to recreation yet have no documented measure of value. Unless/until these venues are profitable, any such giveaway costs IVGID money, and directly results in an increase to our Recreation and Beach Fees.
As a homeowner who pays the Recreation and Beach Fees I believe I have standing to make criticisms as to how my money is spent. I have the knowledge and gumption to implement a Plan to reduce these Fees by 50% over three years, and to eliminate them altogether in five (it’s called my “C.E.O.“ plan). Isn’t it time IVGID started working for us rather than we working (and paying) for IVGID? If you agree, I respectfully ask for your vote.
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