Earlier this month the Bonanza ran a column by IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton headlined: “Paying now rather than later.” Mr. Pinkerton wrote that with IVGID’s “hundreds of facilities, pipelines, equipment and rolling stock” the district has an obligation to set aside funds for both current maintenance and replacement at the end of their useful lives. Pinkerton said that a majority of the property owners’ recreation fee is “dedicated towards the maintenance, planning and replacement of our capital assets.” I wish he managed the Washoe County School District too.
Every year the State of Nevada sends a chunk of money to the school district based on the number of students enrolled. Those funds are earmarked for salaries, benefits and operating costs. If they want to maintain or build school buildings they put a school bond measure on the next election ballot which asks local property owners to increase their taxes to pay for it. Given the school board’s dysfunction voters have been reluctant to approve school bonds.