Clark County Commission votes to raise fuel tax
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CREATED Sep. 3, 2013
Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- Get ready for more pain at the gas pump. Clark County commissioners voted 6 to 1 on Tuesday, to raise fuel taxes to pay for as many as 100 road construction projects.
It's the first increase in 17 years.
The County commission chambers were packed with union members eager for the jobs the money will create.
But Commissioner Steve Sisolak, the lone hold-out, questioned how the money will be allocated, and many in the chambers opposed the tax hike and said it isn't fair to already-overburdened taxpayers.
Small business owner George Hicks said, "We do not need any additional taxes, all right? That is not the way you grow the economy."
Nevada AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Danny Thompson disagreed, "The infrastructure is critical to the business we have, and you know, the only way out of this recession is to put people back to work."
The fuel tax will go up three cents a gallon each year for the next three years, starting next year; a nearly ten cent increase by 2016.