An interview with Andy Wirth was recently published in the Reno-Gazette Journal, and he spoke candidly about the fight over incorporation of the Olympic Valley. Squaw Valley was the home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and the area has played host to ski lodges for over a century. Andy owns several ski lodges under his own banner, and he does not want to see the valley monopolized by a single incorporation blight. This article explains Andy’s opinion on the matter as he fights incorporation.
#1: Incorporation Would Co-Op Many Areas
Andy does not believe that every community on the north shores of Lake Tahoe should be forced into a single governance structure. There are lodges like his lodges, and there are private citizens who plan to live in the area quietly. Andy wants his lodges to stay free of any government interference, and he does not want private citizens to feel the government is encroaching on them.
#2: Businesses And Citizens Would Suffer
Andy is fervent in his belief that a new government structure would cause everyone to pay higher taxes, and there would be a greater amount of government regulation. Private citizens who live in the area may not be able to afford high tax rates, and lodges like Andy’s would not be able to to afford all the taxes that would be levied to pay for new government operations. Andy wants to stop the madness before everyone has to pay for it.
#3: Andy Wants To See Everyone Come Together
Andy does not want to continue the fight over incorporation in the Olympic Valley. Andy would prefer to see everyone in the area unite under a new plan that would give everyone what they need. Andy agrees that the area would benefit from a different structure, but he does not want to consolidate several communities into one. His new plea is for unity so that the Olympic Valley can prosper in the future.
Andy Wirth is a lodge owner who believes that level heads must prevail in the fight over incorporation. There is so much that could be done with a new government structure, but Andy does not want to force the issue by incorporating everyone against their will. Andy’s plea in the Reno Gazette-Journal is a message to everyone who still wants to fight over incorporation. Now is not the time for the people of the Olympic Valley to be divided.