Ruling by Local Agency Formation Commission for California Ends Drive to Incorporate Olympic Valley

The north shore communities of Lake Tahoe have had a tough few years owing to a persistent drought that engulfed the region. This took a huge toll on the area’s winter resorts as well as the small businesses that largely depend on them. What’s more, on top on the drought facing the region, it also dealt with an incorporation war that threatened to separate the Lake Tahoe Community.

However, good news seems to be on the horizon as heavy storms pounded the area resulting in heavy snow that is perfect for business. This could see the ski resorts in the area open early for business therefore attracting hordes of tourists and influx of money into the area’s economy. In addition, proponents behind the incorporation attempt backed down after a long and costly battle against Squaw Valley Ski Resort.

The pro-incorporation group wanted the incorporation of Squaw Valley resulting in the formation of a new financial and administratively independent town. However, those who opposed the plan, led by Squaw Valley Resort, were of the view that incorporation would have negative adverse effects on the economy of the area.

According to Squaw Valley CEO, Andy Wirth, this move would result in a high increase in taxes to support the town. It would also result in reduced social services that the community had grown used to including maintenance of all roads as well as clearing of snow after heavy storms.

Ruling that Changed Everything

Despite the two sides spending a lot of money in the incorporation battle, a ruling made by the state’s Local Agency Formation Commission ended the war. The ruling was that the town simply could not support itself financially. After the ruling, incorporation proponents backed down from their stand and withdrew their effort.

Andy Wirth responded by saying that it was time to come together to pool resources and work as a community to solve pertinent issues facing the entire area. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings plans to develop more commercial and residential real estate. It also plans to build a modern gondola to join two of its resorts in the area namely, Alpine Meadows resort and Squaw Valley. Wirth believes that as a cohesive unit, the community could solve its transportation systems and solve other relevant issues.

Andy Wirth

Andy Wirth has worked tirelessly at Squaw Valley Ski Holdings to make the entire Olympic Valley a premier ski destination globally. Wirth is keen on supporting and making positive contributions to Lake Tahoe’s service organizations that deal with community service and environmental issues. He is keen on improving the lives of every person in the community irrespective of their age. Wirth co-founded the Wounded Warrior Support team that raises money, which is later donated to the Navy Seal Foundation. Source: https://about.me/andywirth

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