First came that sneaky AB201 (Assembly bill) and with the help of more than 2,000 of you, it died in committee, then very quietly we found out that the city of Henderson want to do a little house keeping and clean up their charter. In doing so, oh by the way, the 3% tax cap language will be removed and the words "appropriate rate" will take it's place.
Not one to be demure about things that rub me the wrong way, when this news was pointed out to me I wrote it up, posted it on my community blog in Sun City Anthem, added it to my FaceBook page and e-blasted it all over my community. Within several hours a fellow lobbyist who works for the city of Henderson called me from Carson City and wanted to talk about the bill. Of course my first question was section 23 and I asked "let's talk about "appropriate, appropriate to whom"? He admitted that many people had mentioned that phrase and they would be willing to insert an amendment that reads:
Sec. 8.010 Municipal taxes.
1. The City Council shall annually, at the time prescribed by law for levying taxes for State and County purposes, levy a tax [not exceeding 3 percent](red has been removed) at the appropriate rate allowable rate set forth in the Nevada Revised Statutes upon the assessed value (blue is new amended text) of all real and personal property within the City except as provided in the Local Government Securities Law and the Consolidated Local Improvements Law, as amended from time to time. The taxes so levied shall be collected at the same time and in the same manner and by the same officers, exercising the same functions, as prescribed in the laws of the State of Nevada for collection of State and County taxes. The revenue laws of the State shall, in every respect not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, be applicable to the levying, assessing and collecting of the municipal taxes.
Now the interesting thing is that the senate has already past this bill unanimously with no amendment.
It was heard in the assembly May 2 and I will update this blog post as soon as I am notified of the outcome.
In today's Review Journal along comes our Sheriff with a request to hike our sales tax, YET AGAIN. Now I am all for more police on the streets, but didn't anyone else hear our Governor say NO NEW TAXES. Or did that just mean NEW, as in never used before? What are your thoughts, let us hear from you, it's easy just sign in and post in the comment section.
Fed up: How to contact Governor Brian Sandoval or a member of his staff: correspondence to: http://gov.nv.gov/contact/governor/