October 25, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Nevada Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill allowing Washoe County commissioners to raise taxes for school maintenance.
Senators voted 16-4 for AB46, sending the bill to Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The bill gives county commissioners one-time authority to raise the sales and property tax rates, but a two-thirds vote is required.
An original version of the bill sought to mandate that the county increase the levies. But it was amended to "enable" county commissioners to enact the taxes, thereby avoiding a two-thirds majority needed for legislative approval.
The bill has been hotly debated and passed on the last day of the 2013 session.
Backers of the bill say more than half of Washoe County schools are 30 years or older and are in dire need of upkeep.