September 1, 2014
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - State lawmakers are making a last-minute effort to fund police and fire services in North Las Vegas as the city teeters on the brink of financial ruin.
The Assembly Committee on Government Affairs heard the case for AB503 Thursday. Democratic Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick of North Las Vegas is behind the lifeline effort.
Her proposal would allow the city to tap into an enterprise fund designated for the repair and upkeep of the city sewer system.
City officials say the southern Nevada city lacks the funds to maintain adequate police and fire forces. Additional concerns center on sharply cut public library hours and a large, unfinished public park.
Kirkpatrick says if city leaders don't present an adequate plan by August 1, the state would take over managing the city.