People in Douglas County may be paying more at the cash register so they can have more deputies on the streets.
Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini (pih-REE'-nee) wants a
one-half percent increase in the county sales tax to fund more
officers. That would boost the tax to seven and a quarter percent.
He says three deputies were shot during the past year in the
spread-out county that ranges from rural farming communities to the
busy casino core at Lake Tahoe's south shore.
The sheriff says his office has just over two sworn officers per
one-thousand residents, while the national average is two and
one-half officers per one-thousand.