Washoe County Commissioners Meeting on Capital Funding

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV -- The fate of AB46 is still unclear. After five hours of public comments at tonight's third and last public workshop, Washoe County commissioners still haven't reached a decision.

The next meeting will be next Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m., where a vote is likely to take place.

The board has three more meetings before the January deadline to make a decision, otherwise, the bill will be re-introduced into the legislative session.


RENO, NV – Washoe County commissioners are holding their second public meeting for AB46. The meeting will be at 4PM Tuesday in the Washoe County Commission Chambers.

WCSD Trustees and Superintendent Pedro Martinez will answer questions and give more information to county commissioners about the proposed school tax. Nevada lawmakers gave commissioners the power to impose additional taxes that would generate funding for certain school repairs and maintenance in the Washoe County School District.

The school capital funding initiative proposes to increase sales tax by ¼ of one percent in Washoe County and property tax by 5 cents per $100 of assessed value in Washoe County. That means the average Washoe County family will be paying about $8 a month. The Board’s authority to impose the new taxes depends on getting approval of 4 of the 5 County Commissioners by Jan. 1, 2014.

There is one more public workshop between WCSD and the Commissioners scheduled for 4PM in the Chambers Tuesday, Oct. 15.

If AB46 is approved by the commission, the monthly cost for the average family will be approximately $8. AB46 would raise $20 million annually to support capital needs in the District. WCSD is the only school district in Nevada that does not have a sustainable, ongoing source of funding for basic repairs and maintenance to more than 100 district buildings.

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