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School Repair Funding Still to be Decided

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Washoe County Commissioners held a meeting with school officials Tuesday night to talk about the future of the school district.

Assembly Bill 46 would create funding for school repairs and maintenance for years to come. The bill was passed by Governor Sandoval at the 2013 legislature.

However, the county commissioners still need to approve a funding plan.

If AB 46 is approved by the county commissioners, it would increase sales tax by a quarter of a percent, and property tax by five cents per 100 dollars of assessed value.

That would raise $20 million annually for repairs. The School District Board of Trustees told us it's the right thing to do.

"Twenty million dollars a year can keep us on par year after year, in making sure that we meet the most critical needs during that school year," says Barbara Clark.

Maintenance would be done on all Washoe County schools. Everything from new toilets, roofing, signs and carpeting.

Superintendent Pedro Martinez says the county commissioners understandably still have a lot of questions and concerns. And he admits, raising taxes in Nevada is never easy.

"Even though we've had a lot of questions about our capital program and about this bill, nobody at this point has denied that there's a need," he says.

Parents at the meeting told us those needs have to be filled. They say education should continue to be our number one priority moving forward.

"Education is so important," says Janna Secord. "There's so many kids around that don't get what they need."

Tuesday's meeting was just the first of many to come. The county commissioners don't' have to approve this bill until the end of the calendar year and we will be here to keep you updated on the process.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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