August 28, 2014
Residents of Fernley, Fallon and parts of Churchill and Lyon counties may end up being taxed to help pay for necessary improvements to an irrigation canal that failed and flooded nearly 600 homes in January.
The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District is proposing an assessment of $1.50 per acre for residents within the TCID district.
That includes farmers, ranchers and city dwellers.
TCID Board President Ernie Schank says the purpose is to keep the Truckee Canal flowing as full as possible. He says the Bureau of Reclamation is going to require substantial capital improvements in order to return to full capacity.
Project manager Dave Overvold says the assessment would raise about $300,000 per year in Churchill County, which is home to the majority of the district.
Former mayor Dave Stix Jr., now a TCID board member, plans to present the proposal to the Fernley City Council tonight.
The bureau estimates the cost of repairs ultimately needed to restore the canal to full capacity range from $28 million to nearly $400 million.