California’s Olympic Valley has been one of the best known regions for winter sports since hosting the 1960 Winter Olympics, but now faces a battle between those who wish to incorporate the area and those opposed to the plan. Olympic Valley was recently the subject of a study into the projected success of incorporating the area, which the Sierra Sun reports showed the area would not be capable of supporting itself if the incorporation goes ahead. The study was released by officials from Placer County, which supplies the majority of services and officials for Olympic Valley and would be forced to charge the incorporated Olympic Valley area for these services in the future.
The news that the study by the Rosenow Spevacek Group had declared the incorporation of the town unworkable at this time is good news for many local businesspeople who have opposed the plan. Squaw Valley Ski Holdings CEO Andy Wirth has been a voice of opposition from his role as one of the top executives in the area. Wirth is not opposed to expanding the area and making it a better area for business, but feels it should be done in the correct way. The noted philanthropist has recently been working to improve and update Reno Airport in a bid to increase the number of visitors arriving n Olympic Valley.
The report into the options open to Olympic Valley included the collection of a transient occupancy tax, which would generate the only source of income open to the area. The study revealed the area would not be able to support itself with this tax alone and would quickly face a large deficit.