Olympic Valley incorporation deemed unfeasible… again.

 

The community of Olympic Valley looks set for a drawn out battle to commence over whether the former site of Winter Olympics should incorporate into a town in its own right. The Sierra Sun explains a fiscal study that reported the town could not sustain itself following incorporation is now being challenged by the Incorporate Olympic Valley group. Opponents of incorporation have recently made their thoughts clear by backing the report with the assistance of financial experts from the locally operated Squaw Valley Ski Holdings headed by CEO Andy Wirth.The experience of Andy Wirth is thought to be vital in making the decision over incorporating Olympic Valley. Born in Germany, Wirth brings with him a huge amount of tourism and law experience to the historic Squaw Valley Ski Resort, which is credited with being the first US based European style ski resort. A trained lawyer, Wirth is well known for his philanthropic work within the Lake Tahoe region that includes his work for the local humane society and groups engaged in cultural and environmental activities.

Olympic Valley looks set for more battles over the future of the region and its incorporation as a town after the Incorporate Olympic Valley group backed the continuation of their fight in the face of the details of the economic study. A major stumbling block for those supporting the battle to incorporate the area is the charging of a transient occupancy tax on visitors to local resorts and hotels. The ability of this tax to support the proposed town and the services required for its success are not backed up by the economic study, which favors the area remaining reliant on services provided by Placer County.