Transient occupancy taxes to fund new trails, transit system upgrades and more in eastern Placer County
February 21, 2017
The Placer County Board of Supervisors voted today to fund 14 new projects in eastern Placer County to improve amenities for visitors and residents alike.
The new projects, ranging from trail restoration to transit system improvements, will be grant funded with $2 million from eastern Placer County transient occupancy tax revenues, with no cost to the county general fund.
"From Donner Summit to Kings Beach, the TOT grants reflect a wide diversity of projects, people and interests,” said Board Chairwoman and District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “It's great to be able to use public tax dollars for on-the-ground projects that support our visitors and our local residents. Placer County is delighted to partner with our local communities for good, thoughtful projects."
The transient occupancy tax is a rental tax paid by guests for short-term rentals up to 30 days. Because Placer County draws visitors from around the world, it is essential to balance the costs and benefits of tourism and help preserve our communities and quality of life.
The grants will be awarded to various project implementers, including Placer County’s Department of Public Works and Facilities, Tahoe City Public Utility District, Northstar Community Service District, Tahoe Public Art, Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association, Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association, Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, Donner Summit Legacy and Squaw Valley Ski Museum Foundation.
With this investment, Placer County has crossed the mark of $35 million in investments and leveraged over $220 million worth of other dollars for reinvestment in the visitor experience as well as improved quality of life for eastern Placer County residents.
The 14 new projects are:
Martis Valley/Northstar trail segments design and construction: This project supports the creation of a paved, multipurpose recreation trail connecting the Northstar Village to the Town of Truckee and ultimately the Tahoe Basin, as well as existing paved and unpaved trails along its route.
Northstar TART passenger shelter: This project supports the construction of a passenger shelter at the TART bus stop at the Northstar Village transit center, which does not currently have a shelter. The project will also add lighting and a Nextbus digital passenger information display to the bus stop.
Speedboat Beach public access improvement plan: This project will assist with the construction of a permanent restroom building to replace portable restrooms, replace the aging wooden access stairway with a metal or concrete stairway, improve traction on a portion of the existing access ramp and provide wayfinding, regulatory and interpretive signage along the access route between Harbor Avenue and Speedboat Beach.
Squaw Valley Olympic Ski Museum planning: This project supports environmental document preparation, architectural design, planning for museum displays and community outreach for the proposed Squaw Valley Olympic Ski Museum.
Completed projects funded by the transient occupancy tax include:
Additional projects funded by the transient occupancy tax include:
Check out other exciting projects happening around Placer County by visiting Placer County’s website here.
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