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Assembly Bill 46 Discussion Continues

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The Washoe County School District (WCSD) and county commissioners met again Tuesday night to discuss Assembly Bill 46, which was passed in the 2013 legislature.

The bill would raise taxes to pay for school renovations. But before it can take affect, the county commissioners need to approve a funding plan.

If AB46 is approved, it would increase sales tax by a quarter of a percent and property tax by five cents per $100 of assessed value.

That would raise $20 million annually for school repairs across the county.

"We've been working on this for at least the last 12 months," says Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "Since I became superintendent."

Tuesday night was the first of four scheduled workshops between now and the end of the year. The school district answered questions and cleared up any misinformation.

"We're in the very preliminary stages and we have a lot of listening to do," says county commissioner Vaughn Hartung.

Four out of five commissioners must approve AB46 for it to take affect.

Hartung told us there's no question we must maintain our schools. He says listening to voters, however, is equally as important.

"Anytime you enact a tax and the voters don't approve it, that's risky business," says Hartung.

Voters we spoke with tonight expressed some concerns. They want to know why the bill was passed at the state level, then sent back to the county commissioners.

"I think it's the procedure I'm really worried about," says Sparks resident Fred Barrie. "Why was this done the way it was done? That's what I don't understand."

There's no doubt about it, the county commissioners do have some big decisions to make by the end of the year.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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