Flat revenues for Washoe County in 2014

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Updated: 3/25 8:52 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- We're getting a better understanding of the financial challenges in Washoe County. On Tuesday, the new County Manager gave that insight in his State of the County address.

Revenues are flat, but the county took steps to implement medical marijuana. While you would think this would help the revenue picture, the Commission Chairman said it will not.

"Is it going to be a revenue-generating device for local governments," asked David Humke. "No, not the way the bill was constructed."

New revenue is something that is not in the present picture, as Slaughter outlined in his State of the County address. "There is a new saying that flat is the new up," said Humke.

Still, the county is moving forward with implementing medical marijuana. "I just look at we have to do it, because the state wanted to do it," said Humke. "And frankly, there is demand from citizens."

On Tuesday, commissioners cleaned up its criminal code, and also put some ordinances in place. "It's going to take about a month to process those," said Washoe County Manager John Slaughter. "We still have the discussion of fees that will come up to the board within the next month or so."

The implementation of medical marijuana goes beyond the finances. "I think we all know someone who's had a terminal illness," said . "That brings grain gain and a lot of people say that's the only relief that they get. Time for laughing at that is over and I think we have to take a straight, honest look at this and see what we can do for people."

When we will see medical marijuana in Washoe County? Slaughter said maybe by this summer.
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