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Clark County Commission will not ask voters to fund UMC

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 6/03 11:18 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Clark County residents will not be paying more in property taxes to help fund University Medical Center, which has been in financial trouble for years.

The Clark County Commission decided Tuesday to not move forward with a ballot question that would have asked voters to approve a tax hike.

Steve Sisolak was the only commissioner in support of putting a ballot question before voters.

The other commissioners all agreed on one thing -- there is no way voters would approve a property tax hike in the fall.

The county will have to find other solutions to fund the public hospital.

Clark County commissioners engaged in a fiery debate Tuesday over whether to ask voters to approve a property tax hike in November.

University Medical Center's financial struggles over the years are well documented.

Commissioner Lawrence Weekly says the timing for a tax hike is not right.

A considerable portion of the county’s new budget is going to subsidize UMC.

Last year the county budgeted $41 million for the hospital. The new budget allows for $71 million, plus a $25 million loan.

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