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Commissioners Weighing Options for Proposed Tax Increase

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LAS VEGAS - Controversy is brewing over raising taxes to fund Metro Police.

The Clark County Commission will consider a brand new proposal, where sales tax rate may go up, but not as much as Sheriff Doug Gillespie wants.

The sheriff is asking for a .15 cent increase. Commissioner Susan Brager proposed a .075 cent tax hike Tuesday. She says that is enough to get Metro money.

"I believe when it is done, we'll be able to come to consensus as to what the best approach is," Gillespie said.

Sheriff Gillespie believes a .15 cent increase in the sales tax will bring in $30 million to Metro, offsetting the department's current $30 million budget shortfall.

"As the Sheriff of Clark County, I've got a huge amount of responsibility, as well as my organization, to providing a level of safety to, not only the people who live and work here, but the people who visit here, and I believe this sales tax increase would assist us in doing that," Gillespie said.

Commissioner Brager came forward with a compromise that includes Metro tapping into a reserve fund from the first more cops tax hike.

"My proposal is a .075, which is half of the original proposal, and that the sheriff takes $15 million of his more cops fund to fund officers." Brager said.

Others don't want taxes to go up one red cent.

"We cannot continue to raise taxes and put these increases on the backs of people," County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said.

Whatever commissioners decide, spending at Metro will be under the microscope.

"We've made a substantial number of cuts throughout the organization," Gillespie said.

Commissioner Sisolak wants no increase at all. Commissioner Brager supports coming to middle ground. Commissioner Tom Collins wants the full increase.

Commissioners will weigh all of these options at another meeting October 1.


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