LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – Clark County Commissioners today rejected two tax hike proposals to provide more funding for Metro and other Las Vegas-area law enforcement departments.
There were not enough votes for either a 0.075 or 0.15 percent increase for Clark County sales tax.
According to News 3 reporter Fatima Rahmatullah, Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie was visibly angry that neither plan passed. He had said during public comment that the 0.075 percent plan would not meet Metro’s needs for increased officers.
"My goal is to give you something," Commissioner Susan Brager said to Gillespie. "I don't want you to walk away with nothing."
Brager’s plan would have forced Metro to dip into their reserve to cover about half of the budget deficit the department said it will face next year. The other half would have come from taxpayers.
The “More Cops” bill was one of the pieces of legislation that failed to pass during the 2013 Nevada Legislative Session. Gov. Brian Sandoval called the Assembly and Senate into Special Session to approve the bill.