Commission delays vote on more cops sales tax

Spencer Lubitz

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Commission delays vote on more cops sales tax

CREATED Aug. 6, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It’s looking like we'll be waiting a little while longer for Clark County Commissioners to make a decision on whether to move forward with raising the local sales tax to pay for more cops.

The proposed increase, requested by the sheriff, would bring the sales tax from 8.1 percent to 8.25 percent.

The measure didn’t get very far, with commissioners starting the conversation by voting to table the issue for the time being.

They did however allow for a lengthy public comment on the measure, with many folks getting quite heated.

"Our economy is based on tourism 40 million people a year, if they perceive that it's no longer safe then we all suffer," said one supporter.

"I don't think this money should go to Sheriff Doug Gillespie, I think it should go to a new sheriff.  There's about a $126 million surplus the sheriff has, if he wanted to hire more cops, he would've done that a long time ago," said Steve Sanson with Veterans in Politics.

When it was finally his opportunity to address the county, the sheriff seemed confident he would get his tax increase, asking commissioners, not if but when he could expect their decision.

Commissioners did not give Gillespie an answer as to when they may resume discussions on the sales tax proposal.