A group of Incline Village residents Friday called on their legislators to fix state law so there’s more public oversight of the Incline Village General Improvement District.
IVGID provides most of Incline’s local government services but some residents have complained they’re unable to get any real accountability for how the district runs.
Frank Wright complained an IVGID employee illegally sold a parcel district-owned land that was supposed to be held for open space without getting board approval or a public bid.
But he and others attending the meeting at the Incline Village Library told state Sen. Ben Kieckhefer and Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner they can’t get access to the IVGID books to see what’s going on.
“It’s horrible,” he said. “We have one gentleman who controls our books. We can’t get inside those books.”
Judy Miller said she asked to see the IVGID chart of accounts: “We were told we couldn’t see the chart of accounts.”
She said NRS 318, which contains state laws governing the creation and operation of improvement districts needs “a complete overhaul.”
“Other agencies say they cannot sell public lands without consent of the public body,” she said. “Not in IVGID.”
She also said when they asked for emails, they were told they’re destroyed after 30 days and weren’t available.
“That’s not true,” said IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton.
Kieckhefer and Krasner, both Republicans, promised to work on legislative changes that could provide more oversight of the district’s operations.
Kieckhefer said the first challenge will be to figure out exactly what’s happening and what the problem is.
“One thing we don’t do a good job of at the Legislature is accurately identifying the problem we’re trying to solve,” he said.
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