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The mission of the Tahoe City Public Utility District is to serve the people in our community, as well as the environment. It is our responsibility to provide safe and reliable water service, sewer service for the protection of public health, and parks and recreation services to enhance quality of life. We are committed to achieving these and other tasks within the scope of the Public Utility District Act in a sound fiscal manner.
Established under the State of California’s Public Utility District Act, the Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) was founded in 1938. It is the oldest local government office in the Tahoe Basin.
The founders of the District created TCPUD to provide public water service to the local community. Today, water service is provided in eight separate systems and serves approximately three quarters of the homes and businesses in the District. TCPUD became involved in parks and recreation in 1947 as a result of public interest in improving the maintenance and public access for Commons Beach. In 1952 the Tahoe City sewer system was built and has been operated by TCPUD ever since. In the early 1960s the community requested that TCPUD begin a parks and recreation program and these services have been provided for the past 50 plus years. The ability to take on more responsibilities and services for the community was made possible due to the foresight of our founders who chose a form of government that can provide multiple types of service.
The boundaries of the District lie within both Placer and El Dorado Counties, extending from Emerald Bay to Dollar Hill, and along the Truckee River to the Nevada County line. The TCPUD service area encompasses more than 31 square miles.
Each fall the Board of Directors adopts a budget for the following calendar year (January 1 – December 31). The Tahoe City Public Utility District uses property tax, user fees, grants, and interest income to provide its services.
A five-member, elected Board of Directors governs the Tahoe City Public Utility District. These Directors determine the policies and set the agenda for the District. The Board appoints a General Manager who oversees the day to day operations. In addition, the Board forms special citizen advisory committees when complicated issues require more community outreach or focused study.
Under the direction of General Manager, services are provided by full-time employees and up to 40 seasonal employees in four departments: Utilities, Parks & Recreation, Engineering, and Governance and Support Services. The Board meets on the third Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m.