LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Clark County Commission has rejected two proposals that would have increased sales tax rates to boost the budgets of local police departments.
Sheriff Doug Gillespie says the tax proposals were critical to closing his department's budget gap, projected at $30 million for next year.
The Las Vegas Sun reports the commission rejected two plans on Tuesday. One would have increased sales taxes by 0.15-percentage points and was authorized by the Legislature, and the other would have increased it by half that amount. Both fell short of the five votes needed for passage.
Commissioners cited concerns about how the Las Vegas police department uses its existing funding, and questioned whether the extra dollars would lead to more officers on the street.