Washoe School Tax Bill Heads to Sandoval


UPDATE: A bill that would give Washoe County Commissioners a one-time opportunity to raise sales and property taxes to fund capital improvements at many of the district’s aging public schools passed out of the Senate on Monday in a vote of 16-4. AB46 will now head to Gov. Brian Sandoval’s desk for a final signature.

The measure has been the topic of heated debate on Twitter throughout the session. Today’s final vote sparked the following conversation and several more.

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[The following article was originally published on May 28]


A bill that raises the sales and property taxes in Washoe County to fund its schools passed the Assembly 32-8 Tuesday afternoon. AB46 successfully passed its required two-thirds vote —from the initial proposal— in the Assembly. All who voted against AB46 were of the GOP party.

This follows Monday’s reached amendment that gives Washoe County commissioners the power to raise the tax rates. The bill aims to raise the county sales tax rate by one-quarter of 1% and property taxes by 5-cents per $100.

AB46 now heads to Senate.