Infrastructure ups Douglas budget |

Infrastructure ups Douglas budget

Staff Reports

Transportation and utility projects made up three-quarters of a $41.5 million five-year capital improvement plan approved by Douglas County commissioners on Monday.

Half of that spending comes in the first year, with several road projects and work on the North Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Funding for the transportation projects came from bonds paid for by the 5-cent gas tax, according to Chief Financial Officer Vicki Moore.

That also accounted for a large portion of the increase in the county’s $160.9 million budget, up from last year’s $138.9 million.

The transportation plan includes full reconstruction of Jacks Valley and Dump roads and Centerville and Tillman lanes this year.

The roads suffered major damage during the winter.

Commissioners approved a $44.5 million general fund budget, up 3.5 percent from last year. Property taxes account for $19.9 million of the general fund, an increase of 3.9 percent.

State consolidated taxes including sales tax revenues provide $11.65 million of the general fund, while the county receives $965,000 in gaming revenues.

The county spends $31.1 million in personnel, up 0.9 percent and $9.7 million in services and supplies, up 9.2 percent.

The county also approved the budgets of the redevelopment agency and the unincorporated towns of Gardnerville, Minden and Genoa.

Commissioner Steve Thaler asked how the property tax could be up 3.9 percent when property taxes are capped.

Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Lewis said that change is accounted for in property tax transferred from the Western Nevada Regional Youth Center and new construction, which is taxed at the full rate.