August 22, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas-area lawmakers have rejected for a third time a bid to raise the local sales tax so the sheriff can hire about 100 more police officers.
Clark County commissioners heard testimony Tuesday about Sheriff Doug Gillespie's latest request to approve a two-stage "More Cops" tax hike.
The measure would have boosted the sales tax in Clark County from 8.1 percent to 8.25 percent by October 2015.
That would mean raising the cost of a $100 item by 15 cents.
Gillespie said the tax revenues would help maintain police staffing in a region home to about 2 million residents and 40 million tourists a year.
He was promising to pay down a surplus in an existing More Cops account that officials say has grown to $140 million.
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