Police tax discussion put on hold by Clark County Commission

Bryan Callahan

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Police tax discussion put on hold by Clark County Commission

CREATED Nov. 19, 2013

Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- Fireworks on Tuesday during the discussion on the more cops tax, when one of the Clark County commissioners moves to postpone the discussion and then leaves the room.

Tom Collins proposed to table the discussion and then the rest of the commission voted unanimously to do just that.

At that point, Steve Sisolak said since the item was on the agenda, he would allow the people who had gathered to speak about the .15-percent increase to address the commission.

When that happened, Collins got up and left the chambers, upsetting some of those that went to speak.

Action News asked Collins why he voted to table the discussion on an issue he's been championing for, "There's going to be a very in-depth financial presentation to our entire board that will move the personal feelings aside, we'll move the prejudice aside and show the facts of here's what the community needs."

Collins said that report should be available for the second meeting in December.

He said the move wasn't meant to anger the citizens, he said he was busy making phone calls to leaders of local cities to discuss the tax and was actually listening in on the comments.

As the proposal moves forward, Collins said he isn't ready to compromise on the .15-percent tax increase.

He said the compromised proposal of a .075-percent increase could lead to a $200 million loss for local law enforcement agencies through 2025.

Action News also reached out to Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who was also at Tuesday's meeting, but he said he doesn't want to speak about the issue until the commission actually discusses the matter.

Another agenda item discussed during the meeting was trash pickup. County commissioners approved a vote to have Republic Services only pick up trash once a week.

Republic said most people in the area will not see changes until 2015.

Residents will be notified through letters from the company.

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