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Sheriff Gillespie makes final plea for tax to hire more cops

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Updated: 8/05/2013 10:24 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Sheriff Doug Gillespie's long fight to pass a sales tax hike in Clark County will be over this time tomorrow. Commissioners will take a final vote on the more cops tax at is board meeting Tuesday.

News 3 has tracked this one closely up in Carson City and now here at home. Metro has been pushing for this quarter-cent sales tax really since 2005 and tomorrow Sheriff Gillespie should get his answer.

Gillespie needs a rare super-majority of five commissioners to say yes to his "more cops" tax on Tuesday.

Gillespie telling several commissioners he feels confident the vote will be 5 to 2.

“The sheriff is an odds maker I am not—we’re governed by open meeting law—he is no,” said Commissioner Steve Sisolak who will be a "no"---like he was last time.

“One I think it’s just not fair it’s a very regressive tax and two I don’t think it’s a proper way to fund Metro.” Sisolak said.

“I don’t really know what’s going to happen in that room tomorrow,” said Police Union President Chris Collins, adding the officers he represents can wait no longer.

“I think we are at critical staffing levels,” Collins said.

Sisolak thinks the sheriff should make cuts before taxing residents--or tap into a $130-million "rainy day fund" Metro could use to hire more officers.

But the sheriff believes in "More Cops.” He lobbied Nevada legislators in Carson City and has already survived several votes at the commission.

Still, Sisolak thinks the tax is misguided nd comes at a time when Clark County residents are strapped and tired of paying more.

“It’s not just this one tax—we’ve got sales tax—fuel tax—water bills— NV Energy bills going up—grocery prices going up,” Sisolak says. “I speak to citizens groups and they say look ‘how much more can we take?’ Suddenly you can’t take it anymore.”
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