Lawmakers review budget for Tahoe land regulator

(AP) - The bistate agency that regulates development at Lake Tahoe, hoping to complete a long-awaited regional plan and get a 21 percent staffing increase, presented Nevada lawmakers with a nearly $21 million budget plan on Friday.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's proposed budget is about $10.4 million yearly for the coming two fiscal years. That includes revenue from permit fees, grants, federal dollars and money from California and Nevada. Nevada would provide about $1.9 million each year, while California's yearly share would be about $3.8 million.

The agency asked a legislative budget subcommittee for approval of 14 new positions, most of which would be paid for by revenues generated through increased permit fees.

TRPA also wants $400,000 over the next two years to pay for scientific monitoring to begin implementing the area's new 20-year regional plan.

The budget also includes the same cost-of-living increase Gov. Jim Gibbons is recommending for all state employees, 2 percent in the first year and 4 percent in the second, at a cost of $549,000 over two years.


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