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Washoe school tax bill clears NV Assembly

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The Nevada Assembly on Tuesday voted 32-8 in favor of an amended AB46, giving Washoe County commissioners one-time authority to increase county sales and property taxes to help finance upkeep and repair of aging schools.

The bill — which has no expiration date — would generate funding by adding $.05 property tax per every $100 assessed value in the county; sales taxes would also increase by .25 percent. Martinez said passage of AB 46 would likely cost the average family approximately $8 per month.

In its original form, legislators would have imposed the tax hikes, something that would have required an unlikely two-thirds vote in both the Assembly and Senate, according to the Associated Press.

AB 46 would provide approximately $20 million a year for major WCSD capital projects such as replacing school roofing, replacing failing heating and cooling systems, plumbing, and continuous building maintenance.

"While we hoped to find a solution to this important issue at the state level, we appreciate the compromise amendment to keep this proposal moving through the process," Washoe Superintendent Pedro Martinez said in a statement Tuesday.

The bill now heads to the Senate.