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Sheriff Hopes New Tax Plan Will Get More Cops on the Street

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LAS VEGAS -- Yet another plan to raise taxes to hire more police officers has been put on the table. The Clark County Commission again decided to put off a decision on the so-called More Cops tax.

However, Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie has a new idea for the More Cops tax. He has invested a lot into this new plan that he thinks will work to get more cops on the streets.

Under the plan, county residents would pay more taxes but now, if Metro Police doesn't spend the money on hiring more officers, the department doesn't get the money.

During each attempt to pass a tax to pay for more cops, Sheriff Gillespie has been forceful, yet emotional.

"When you're not successful, it doesn't mean that you give up. You assess, you evaluate, you take a look at things and then you come back with new responses," Gillespie said.

Now, after months of debate, his new response is the hybrid plan.

Instead of raising sales taxes by .15 cents immediately, this new plan gradually raises money as long as Metro spends it and only spends it on new officers.

Metro spent $10,000 on local research firm Applied Analysis for a 50-page report about the hybrid plan. Jeremy Aguero presented the group's findings to the county commission during Tuesday's meeting.

"And if we continue on the current trajectory that we have, by the time we get to 2020 we're looking at just over $200 million in negative fund balance for the Metropolitan Police Department," Aguero said.

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If the county approves this plan, Metro will need to spend its reserves on hiring officers. Then by October of next year, sales taxes will go up by .075 percent. Another increase of the same amount will kick in October 2015, but that is only if the department uses the reserve fund money to hire officers.

Some commissioners aren't buying the new plan.

"The record shows that in the past, when we funded these positions, they weren't hired. So, why would I think it's different this time?" Commissioner Steve Sisolak asked.

The discussion lasted about two hours, testing the emotions of both sides of the debate.

For first time, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman showed up to give her support for the More Cops tax. She said she was representing all of the mayors of the surrounding cities.

There is expected to be a vote by the second county commission meeting in January.

 

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