July 24, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Two previous attempts failed, but the top cop in Las Vegas is making another pitch for Clark County lawmakers to raise the sales tax from 8.1 percent to 8.25 percent so he can hire about 100 more police officers.
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he'll ask county commissioners on Tuesday to approve the "More Cops" tax hike to go into effect in two steps by October 2015.
The sheriff is giving ground to critics of an existing More Cops surplus account.
He's promising to cut the fund that now totals about $140 million about in half.
Police say the surplus stems from a quarter-cent sales tax that started in 2005 to hire more police officers. It's due to expire in 2025.