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Court gets documents on tax proposal
by The Associated Press
Sep 15, 2008 | 559 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) _ Copies of an adverse lower court order were filed by a Monday deadline with the state Supreme Court by proponents of a Nevada version of California's tax-capping Proposition 13.

The high court also got a copy of the order from its author, Senior District Judge Charles McGee, who has held that the plan couldn't qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot because there were too many flaws in affidavits supporting it.

Without the judge's written order, the Supreme Court said Thursday that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the proponents' appeal aimed at getting the question on the ballot. The petition pushed by former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, an anti-tax conservative, was challenged by the Nevada State Teachers' Association.

Angle's proposed constitutional amendment would limit property tax increases to 2 percent per year for all property until a property is sold. The current cap, set by the Legislature in 2005, is 3 percent per year for owner-occupied homes and 8 percent for other property, including commercial.

Angle has tried for years to get a property tax limit into the Nevada Constitution. She has argued the cap needs constitutional protection because the Legislature could revoke its cap anytime it wished.

Nevada's secretary of state has told county election officials to remove the plan from their ballots now that McGee has ruled against it.

Joel Hansen, the attorney for the tax cap group, filed the appeal with the Supreme Court and also asked for an emergency stay pending outcome of the appeal.
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