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County commissioners to discuss and possibly vote on AB 46 Nov. 12



washoe-150x150-7536030-4680816Washoe County’s Board of Commissioners is scheduled to discuss Nevada Assembly Bill 46 (AB 46) regarding the Washoe County School District’s (WCSD) capital funding needs Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6 p.m. AB 46 proposes to increase sales tax by ¼ of 1 percent in Washoe County and property tax by 5 cents per $100 of the assessed value in Washoe County.

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

Visit the Washoe Channel or Charter digital channel 217 to view the meeting live. In addition to the meeting, another opportunity to provide feedback to Commissioners is to visit Open Washoe County, an online forum which allows citizens to weigh in on community issues. The current question is:

Please express your recommendation for AB 46 to the County Commissioners by choosing one of the following options:

  • Approve passage of taxes authorized in AB 46
  • Approve a portion of the taxes authorized in AB 46
  • Approve the sales tax increase only
  • Approve the property tax increase only
  • Approve taxes as authorized with a sunset provision
  • Take no action and allow the item to expire on January 1, 2014 as provided for in the bill.

For more information, view frequently asked questions about the school funding bill at Washoe County’s AB 46 FAQs.

This item will be discussed with a possible vote by the Board at the Nov. 12 regularly scheduled Washoe County Commission meeting. Meeting agendas are posted online.

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 proposal needs to be approved by four of the five county commissioners by Jan. 1, 2014, to be enacted.

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