Washoe, Clark Voters Approve Higher Room Taxes

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Voters in Washoe and Clark counties have approved advisory questions to increase motel and hotel room taxes to help fund public education.

Now, the proposal worked out between a teachers union and some Las Vegas Strip resorts will go to the 2009 Legislature for approval.

If lawmakers fail the act, the issue will be placed on the 2010 ballot.

The proposal was a compromise forged between the Nevada State Education Association, Wynn Resorts, Harrah's Entertainment and Station Casinos.

As part of the deal, teachers dropped an earlier initiative to get money for education through 44 percent increase in casino taxes.

Proceeds from the added room taxes would be used at first to help make up for budget cuts in the worsening state revenue shortfall, and later to supplement regular K-12 funding.

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

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