Archive - May 9, 2013 - News Article
State’s counties call fees unfair to the average family, individual
A bill that could cost anyone who refinances their property hundreds of dollars more in recording fees goes before the state legislature next week, but it is meeting strong resistance from counties across the state, including both Mono and Inyo counties.
Top officials at both counties state that the bill will unfairly target the average family or individual trying to refinance a home.
Sharp reaction to budget shortfall projection
Two members of the Mammoth Town Council last week were sharply critical of Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez following the revelation that the town would face a budget shortfall of $562,527 in the next fiscal year.
“You can count me in the category of being both frustrated and confused, as some other people have expressed,” said council member John Eastman at the Town Council meeting on May 1.
First-ever partnership would begin July 1
The Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce would be absorbed by Mammoth Lakes Tourism under a plan that both entities approved this past week.
The merger, unprecedented in Mammoth, would result in the creation of a $75,000-a-year chamber executive who would report directly to MLT’s director, John Urdi.
Funds for the new position, Urdi said, would come from business license tax money.
Collections could begin Aug. 1
The push to establish a so-called “Tourism Business Investment District” (TBID) hit the road in earnest this week, according to John Urdi, the leader of Mammoth Lakes Tourism.
Beginning with an Open House scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at Rafters on Old Mammoth Road, the TBID’s six-step march forward could result in $4.7 million in annual collections beginning as early as Aug. 1.