Voters Ax Higher Taxes For School Repairs

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County voters have rejected a proposal to increase the sales tax and vehicle registration fees to pay for school repairs and technology upgrades.

The school district's measure was defeated, 55 percent to 45 percent, according to unofficial returns.

A committee appointed by the Legislature recommended the increases as a way to fund a $393 million bond issue for the school district.

One portion sought to increase the county's sales tax rate by a quarter-cent, to 7.625 percent. The other would have added a half-cent tax for every $1 of value in vehicle registration fees to go for schools.

School officials say more than half of the district's 92 schools are more than 30 years old and in need of repair or upgrades.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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