Tax Petition Faces Verification Deadline

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Local election officials were scheduled Monday to complete reports that will determine whether a Nevada version of California's Proposition 13 property tax cap has enough valid petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Teachers have challenged the legality of the petitions turned in by anti-tax conservative Sharron Angle, a state Senate candidate pushing the plan.

The Nevada State Education Association says there are defects with the petitions submitted in Clark County and Carson City. The petitions need to qualify in all 17 Nevada counties.

We the People, a group headed by Angle, turned in 83,600 signatures. Secretary of State Ross Miller then directed county registrars and clerks to verify the documents. At least 58,628 valid signatures are needed.

Angle's proposed constitutional amendment would limit property tax increases to 2 percent per year, rather than the current cap of 3 percent for homeowners passed by the Legislature in 2005, until a property is sold.

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