Washoe School Tax Bill Remains in Limbo

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill to raise the sales and property tax rates in Washoe County to fund maintenance at aging schools remains in limbo.

AB46 was heard Monday by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. No action was taken.

As written AB46 would require Washoe County commissioners to raise the sales tax rate by one-quarter of 1 percent and increase the property tax rate by a nickel per $100 of assessed valuation.

Washoe County Superintendent Pedro Martinez says the district needs $300 million over the next decade for improvements.

The bill requires a two-thirds vote in both the Assembly and Senate to pass.

But amendments have been discussed to instead authorize county commissioners to raise the taxes. That would avoid the two-thirds majority needed to get the bill out of the Legislature.