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Property Tax Slated To Appear on November Ballot for Flood Project

Image: Truckee River Flood Management Project.

Jay Aldean of the Truckee River Flood Management Authority pictured in 2017 with members of the newly created flood management project needs committee. Image: Bob Conrad.

A new tax is expected to appear on November’s ballot.

A property tax was selected last week by the Truckee River Flood Control Project Needs Committee. The committee is tasked with finding a new revenue source to come up with $400 million for flood projects to protect the community from future river flooding.

The committee was set up by legislation passed by the Nevada Legislature. The bill, AB 375, was sponsored by Assembly members Mike Sprinkle, Theresa Benitez-Thompson, Amber Joiner, and Skip Daly.

The committee was modeled in part by WC1, which put up a sales tax to voters in order to fund school construction and repairs.

“Our goal is to utilize the approved federal funding from the Army Corps of Engineers along with the additional local matching funds needed to construct the flood project,” said Jay Aldean of the Truckee River Flood Management Project.

Aldean said that the committee ruled out three other tax options: a government services tax, real estate transfer tax, and a room tax.

“Polling data determined that a property tax was more popular of the four (options),” he added.

The property tax amount still has to be approved by the committee, which is expected to be decided Thursday, March 15, at 9 a.m.

Bob Conrad :Bob Conrad is co-founder of ThisisReno. He manages ThisisReno and Conrad Communications, LLC, his marketing communications consulting company (disclosure: he has two part-time contracts working for the University of Nevada, Reno). He is a part-time faculty member at Truckee Meadows Community College and is a regular contributor to Reno Public Radio.

View Comments (2)

  • The flooding is north and south. These property owners should assess themselves for solutions. The entire county doesn’t need to be involved. Power is corrupting. Absolute power is absolute corruption.

  • It seems to me that the problems lies with whomever allowed this development in a flood zone. Those responsible should solve the problems. I would vote against such a tax as it would be we the people paying for a mistake that never should have happened in the first place.