Southern Nevada Elected Officials Calling for Higher Taxes

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Several southern Nevada elected officials are calling for tax increases, saying cities and counties can't provide essential services without them.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports ( ) they voiced the concerns Friday in Carson City at the Local Government Summit, which attracted about 60 city council and county commission members from across the state.

Among those who said tax increases are essential for local governmental entities are Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins and Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin.

They say Nevada cities and counties are operating on half the property tax revenues compared with before the recession, and adequate services can't be provided without the ability to tax.

Republican Assemblymen Pete Livermore of Carson City and Tom Grady of Yerington said after the meeting they couldn't support tax increases.