State board to consider settling tax dispute with Washoe County for $7.25 million

The state Board of Examiners on Tuesday will consider settling a dispute with Washoe County over $21.5 million in local property tax revenue taken by the 2009 Legislature to balance the state budget.

The proposed settlement would provide an immediate payment of $1.25 million to the county, with another $6 million being allocated later for major road maintenance projects.

Washoe County submitted the claim to the Board of Examiners in September 2011, citing a Nevada Supreme Court ruling in May 2011 that said the Nevada Legislature improperly took $62 million in 2010 from the Clark County Clean Water Coalition fund to balance the state budget. That ruling forced Gov. Brian Sandoval to reconfigure his proposed 2001-13 state budget by extending a set of taxes that had been scheduled to expire on June 30, 2011.

District Court to hear NPRI’s Open Meeting Law case after Supreme Court doesn’t grant injunction

NPRI NEWS RELEASE LAS VEGAS — NPRI’s Center for Justice Constitutional Litigation’s case to defend Nevada’s Open Meeting Law is going to be heard by the Eighth District Court after the Nevada Supreme Court affirmed the District Court’s earlier decision not to grant an injunction sought by CJCL. Joseph Becker, chief legal officer and director […]

Thousands of guard members descend on the Biggest Little City

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NEVADA GUARD NEWS RELEASE Members of the National Guard Association of the United States arrive here en masse starting Sept. 9 for four days. The Nevada Guard plays host to the private association’s 134th annual conference and exhibition. About 3,700 Army and Air Guard officers, their spouses, defense officials and industry representatives are registered from […]

Study touts new measures for teacher effectiveness

By Sean Whaley, Nevada News Bureau CARSON CITY – As Nevada policy makers work to ensure that ineffective teachers are removed from classrooms around the state, a new report released today provides evidence to support the use of test scores to measure how much individual teachers contribute to pupil achievement. Using quantitative measures to evaluate […]

City announces online payroll database

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Reno City Manager Andrew Clinger announced Tuesday that the City of Reno is the first government agency in Nevada to provide complete payroll information online. The application, accessible through www.reno.gov/open is the latest addition to the City’s transparency initiative. It provides payroll information by department and by individual City employee for the public to see. […]

Voter registration Facebook app released

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By Nevada News Bureau Staff CARSON CITY — As one of only 10 states that offer online voter registration, Nevada is now the second state in the nation to provide a voter registration Facebook application for its residents. The app is available on the Secretary of State’s fan page at www.facebook.com/NVSOS, or directly at apps.facebook.com/nvsosnova. […]

City proclaims a day after newspaper column on religion

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RAJAN ZED NEWS RELEASE City of Reno has proclaimed August 29, 2012 as “Faith Forum Day” after a highly popular one-of-a-kind weekly column “Faith Forum” of Reno Gazette-Journal (RGJ), which has completed 83 weeks without any gap. Religious statesman Rajan Zed leads a panel of distinguished leaders of various religions and denominations of the area […]

Attorney general announces nationwide settlements over anti-psychotic drugs, e-books

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By Nevada News Bureau Staff CARSON CITY – The Nevada Attorney General’s Office has reached two separate agreements this week, one with a pharmaceutical firm over the marketing of anti-psychotic drugs and another with three book publishers over e-book price-fixing allegations. The $181 million nationwide settlement announced today with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of […]