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May 01, 2011 | 680 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Assembly Bill 545 will deny Washoe County School District millions of dollars in new funding. The bill seeks to change the population threshold for approximately $3.9 million in room taxes that WCSD is entitled to when Washoe County population reaches 400,000.  U.S. Census 2010 reported Washoe’s population at 416,000. Additional millions for the school district are also available from real estate transfer taxes. The bill originator, Legislative counsel, has recommended changing the population threshold from 400,000 to 700,000 in over two hundred individual NRS, including those that have significant detrimental financial impact to Washoe County. Although Clark County and its school district have benefited from the current population thresholds, the Legislature is looking at denying the same financial benefits to Washoe County.  Legislative counsel is prohibited by law from initiating bills that “urge” or “recommend” legislation; however, the bill is making its way through the Assembly with Washoe County legislative member support.  Unless citizens call their county commissioners and urge immediate public hearings on every NRS change that affects Washoe County, the bill will pass unopposed.  We also need to call and email our legislative representatives and express opposition to AB545.  Encourage your commissioners, city council members and school board of trustees to do the same.

Terry Tiernay
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