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Las Vegas police continue pushing for more cops tax

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Las Vegas police continue pushing for more cops tax

By Spencer Lubitz. CREATED Dec 17, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The more cops tax has already been voted down twice this year, but Sheriff Doug Gillespie was back pleading his case in front of the county commission hoping the third time is a charm.

The county commission agreed on Tuesday to place a revamped version of the more cops sales tax on a future agenda, although the sheriff is still seeking an increase of .15-percent.

This version has the sales tax rising in increments as the the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's budget surplus depletes itself.

The sheriff has dubbed it the trigger aspect, which he said was the brainchild of Jeremy Aguero, an outside analyst hired by Metro to crunch the numbers and present them to the commission.

The .075-percent increase would be triggered when the sheriff's reserve drops below $100 million, which is likely expected sometime late next year.

A second .075-percent increase would be triggered when the sheriff's reserve drops below $75 million, which is expected in late 2015.

The sheriff has failed twice before, which is why he's changing things up this time, "When you're not successful, it doesn't mean you give up. You assess, you evaluate, you take a look at things, and then you come back with some new responses."

The same county commissioners who opposed previous versions of the more cops sales tax once again raised their concerns on Tuesday.

Spencer Lubitz

Spencer Lubitz

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Spencer Lubitz is a general assignment reporter for Action News.