September 3, 2014
PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) - Pahrump has lost an appeal over a 2012 vote to abolish its town board and will now revert to the control of the Nye County Commission when the year ends.
The Nevada Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday saying the Nye County Commission was within its rights in putting up a ballot measure to dissolve the board.
Commissioners had cited complaints that the board was disrespectful of citizens' opinions.
The measure passed narrowly in a vote of 7,294 to 7,063.
Pahrump argued that the county commission should have formally determined the board wasn't serving the public's best interest before pushing the measure.
Justices disagreed that a formal process was required.
Pahrump has about 36,000 residents. Its town board meets twice monthly and governs parks, ambulances, the fire department and cemetery.