Public Safety

Police and public officials in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are considering what's next now that voters rejected proposed tax hikes to fund more officers and police operations.

Washoe County's Question 1 failed 52 to 48 percent in Tuesday's election.

Reno Police Chief Michael Poehlman says the outcome is disheartening, and is a setback for plans to hire more officers and decentralize administration.

Had the advisory question passed as polls indicated, the local governments would have gone to the Legislature to authorize the tax

The tax would have raised up to 22 million dollars in the first of 30 years. Reno and Washoe County each would have collected 40 percent of the revenue and Sparks, 20 percent.

Voters in Douglas County defeated a similar measure to raise the sales tax for public safety.