LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – The Clark County Commission delayed a vote this morning on the “More Cops” tax proposal, allowing for public comment at the packed auditorium.
Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie thought his long fight to pass a sales tax hike in Clark County would have concluded today.
Metro has been pushing for this quarter-cent sales tax really since 2005.
Commissioner Steve Sisolak said earlier this week that he 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.
The board of commissioner meeting had standing room only.
The Clark County fire chief actually hand-delivered a note to say people were blocking exits and needed to find a seat and when it was time for public comment there was a huge line leading up the entire chamber aisle.
Throughout the entire meeting people were calling out from the audience--clapping out of turn--like when commissioner Tom Collins said he disagreed with delaying the vote.
Some of the public comments, downright nasty and personal blows to Sheriff Gillespie.
But others say a quarter-cent sales tax is a small price to pay for public safety.
If this sales tax ever passes--the average Clark County resident would end up paying about $22-dmore a year for things they buy.
But a penny here--penny there adds up big for Metro. The guess is the sheriff could pull in anywhere from $30 to $33 million, money he says he needs.