March 8, 2014
Nevada Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio says he'll support an increase of real estate sales taxes to help Washoe County Schools, but only if voters approve it.
Raggio tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that if school district officials can win public support, he'd support it.
Washoe County is the only school district in Nevada that doesn't get a share of taxes on real estate transactions. School officials say that has hindered their ability to upgrade aging schools and build new ones to keep up with growth.
Superintendent Paul Dugan says other counties didn't have to get voter approval. But adds the district will work toward that goal if that's what it takes.
He adds such a condition likely will mean delaying a vote until next year.