Washoe School Tax Up For Vote in Committee

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County School District officials will be keeping their fingers crossed as the Assembly Taxation Committee is poised to vote on AB46.

The bill scheduled for a committee vote Tuesday would authorize school trustees to implement on one-time hike in sales and property tax rates to fund maintenance and security upgrades at aging schools.

The approach is novel. As initially written, the measure would have required Washoe County commissioners to raise the county sales tax rate and add a nickel to the property tax rate.

But because it was a tax hike being mandated by the Legislature, it would have required a two-thirds vote in both the Senate and Assembly to pass.

Instead it was rewritten as "enabling" legislation, leaving the deed of raising taxes to the school board.