County commissioners continue discussion on school district capital funding proposal

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Updated: 10/15/2013 7:36 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Washoe County Commissioners will host another special session Tuesday to discuss the capital funding proposal from the school district to help repair and maintain school buildings.

The Washoe County School District needs a vote from the commissioners to approve the capital funding proposal, AB46, which would help repair and maintain old buildings.

The end the increase would be about $8 a month per household.

Totally and about $20 million annually for WCSD.

The money would go towards the some $308 million dollars of repairs the district says the buildings currently need.

Superintendent Pedro Martinez says Tuesday night the district will present and discuss their five-year audit to hopefully prove the district is good stewards with their money.

"No one has disputed the need," Martinez says.

Martinez  says he appreciates the time the commissioners have taken to address and consider AB46.

He says the time is now to vote "yes" on the proposal, because the problem isn't going to go away.

"We just feel it's an equity issue, we're the only county in the state that does not have a dedicated revenue source to maintain 7 million square feet," Martinez says.

The meeting will be held at the commissioner's chambers at 1001 E. 9th St. at 4 p.m. and it is open to the public.

For more information the WCSD has set up a call center to answer any questions from the public.

The call center will be active on Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 5-7 p.m. Call (775) 789-3401.

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vietnamvet25 - 10/15/2013 9:28 AM
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I don't know what the courts are going to rule on this, but I think this needs to go back to Governor Sunny to tax the people of washoe county. If he chooses to veto this then WCSD needs to cut big admin staff and use the money for building repairs

roseanya - 10/15/2013 9:06 AM
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The schools have more than enough funding already. Any and all more money just turns into excessive staff and raises for people already making up to $90K w/benefits for part time work. IMPROVE school performance with longer school days and longer school year.
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