Budget picture includes county
January 17, 2013
When Gov. Brian Sandoval first took office, he likened Nevada to a business with an artificially low stock price.
But with the board of directors getting ready to meet in the form of the Nevada Legislature, there is some question as to whether that stock will be on the rise.
The most important question before lawmakers this year is how to balance the budget without doing any more damage to the state’s economy.
We agree with the governor that letting the taxes approved four years ago lapse will just put us deeper in the hole.
We also believe that any substantial increase in taxes will have a negative effect on Nevada’s ability to attract and keep those important businesses.
Maybe Sandoval is right that there is nowhere for Nevada’s stock to go but up, but we know that the Legislature will be looking for money.
Lawmakers’ attempts to raid independent districts during the last session was quashed by the Supreme Court.
One source of revenue that has been feared for the last 20 years is the subsidy the state pays to those counties whose sales tax revenues are insufficient to support themselves.
With an overwhelming majority of legislators from Clark and Washoe counties, where most of that sales tax is generated, there’s a concern that the Legislature might move that subsidy to the state’s bottom line leaving the rural counties high and dry.
This concern had an effect on Douglas County that might just be visible from the top of the capitol.
Fear that sales tax subsidies would be eliminated prompted the county to enter redevelopment deals, including one that left the big pile of dirt along Highway 395 on the county’s border with Carson City.
That pile’s a reminder of what can happen in the effort to make Douglas self sufficient, but also a reminder that if it’s a choice between insolvency or taking action, we’ll choose actiion.