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School capital funding needs discussion to come before Washoe County Commissioners



washoe-150x150-9655484-9903548The first of three Washoe County public meetings dedicated to discuss Nevada Assembly Bill 46 (AB 46) regarding the Washoe County School District’s (WCSD) capital funding needs is scheduled for Tuesday at 4 p.m. AB 46 allows county commissioners to consider authorizing a new sales and use tax, and ad valorem tax in Washoe County for capital projects of the WCSD.

The meetings will use a workshop format, which will allow the county commissioners to combine one or more of the agenda items for discussion purposes. The topics for tomorrow’s meeting include:

  • An overview and discussion of school funding in Nevada and the Washoe County School District;
  • An overview and discussion on accountability for capital funding at the Washoe County School District;
  • An overview and discussion on the Council of the Great City Schools Report.

As with all county commission meetings, public comment will be included in the format, and all meetings will be held in the Washoe County Commission Chambers at 1001 E. Ninth St. in Reno.

Three special public meetings to discuss AB 46 are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. (View the agenda.)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m.

In addition, AB 46 will be discussed at regularly scheduled County Commission meetings through the end of the year on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Visit the Washoe Channel to view the meetings live or on-demand.

Governor Brian Sandoval signed AB 46 into law June 11, 2013. The bill passed by the Nevada Legislature included an amendment that allows the Washoe County Board of Commissioners to determine whether to enact a proposal that would generate funding for critical school repairs and maintenance in the WCSD.

The school capital needs initiative proposes to increase sales tax by ź of 1 percent in Washoe County and property tax by 5 cents per $100 of assessed value in Washoe County. The proposal needs to be approved by 4 of the 5 County Commissioners by Jan. 1, 2014 to be enacted. Read a list of frequently asked questions on AB 46.

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