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Some scientists believe in the “many worlds” theory of quantum mechanics which posits a very large – perhaps infinite – number of parallel universes that continuously split off from our own.

Spring Creek, Nevada is apparently not included in the theory, as a recent study indicated the community may only have one possible future – to continue under the direction of the homeowners association.

While no vote was taken following last week’s presentation by the Hansford Economic Consulting firm, the residents we spoke with after the meeting seemed to be content with keeping the association intact once its corporate charter expires in 2033.

In other words, Spring Creek’s situation isn’t that bad after all.

The study looked at taxation options to boost the sprawling community’s fiscal status, which is based on a fixed monthly fee per property.

“I think a study like this shows that the assessments are in line with what people are receiving,” said Director Joshua Park. “In fact, they’re probably getting value for it.”

We agree. Considering the demographics and structure of Spring Creek, incorporation as a town or other taxing entity would probably cost homeowners more money with little to show in return.

The biggest problem is lack of a commercial base. There are relatively few businesses compared with the number of homes. And the most concentrated business district is in Tract 200, which would be “cut off” from the rest of Spring Creek under incorporation because there is no geographical link.

A recent proposal to rezone land in the Marina Hills section should increase the number of businesses there, but a school has also been proposed in that neighborhood and not much land in Spring Creek remains suitable for commercial use.

Towns typically evolve around a commercial district. The higher taxes paid by businesses are key to funding the infrastructure for surrounding homes. Spring Creek, however, was created with country living in mind – not the intent of becoming another Elko.

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It appears that Spring Creek was designed to be what it is – like it or not.

With far less density than a city subdivision, Spring Creek requires many miles of roadway. The county chips in $150,000 a year but that is only about half of the amount needed to keep the 140 miles of roads in relatively good shape. Homeowner fees also must cover upkeep on amenities, which include an 18-hole golf course, equestrian facility, marina and more.

A tax district could boost road maintenance funding but that option is unlikely to receive much support from homeowners, whose biggest complaint is not the roads but their water bills. Hundreds of homeowners could be receiving refunds from Great Basin Water Co. , after the state Public Utilities Commission heard evidence of faulty meter readings.

For those who don’t have thirsty lawns to feed, Spring Creek is still a reasonably priced place to live with amenities one would expect for the price. And, if you like to play golf, it’s a real bargain.

The association has been raising fees more often in recent years, resulting in enough income to build the Fairway Community Center. This newest and most impressive facility is the type of addition homeowners expect to see for their money.

Overall, the board of directors has done a good job of balancing the original nature of Spring Creek with the community it is destined to become. We have no idea what it will look like in 2033, but we suspect most residents will continue to enjoy living there instead of in some alternate universe.

Members of the Elko Daily Free Press editorial board are Travis Quast, Jeffry Mullins and Marianne Kobak McKown.

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