Washoe County Commission shuts down AB 46

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Updated: 11/13/2013 11:32 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) --After months of meetings and discussion, it's official: Washoe County Commissioners have rejected AB 46, a bill which would have raised taxes to pay for school maintenance and capital improvements. 

During their final comments Tuesday night, three of the five commissioners said they felt the decision should go to the voters.

The room was silent as Commissioner Kitty Jung made a motion to approve AB 46 - and got no second. Jung tried again with only the sales tax portion of the bill and saw the same result.

It was an emotional moment for Jung, school district officials and supporters in the room. 

School board president Barbara Clark said she'd be lying if she said she wasn't disappointed.

"We knew it was going to be a tough fight, but that's part of the business is to keep fighting for what we feel is necessary," she said. "We're willing to put that time and effort in."

Commissioners praised the school district's effort and said they couldn't have prepared a better case.

Ab 46 may be done, but Superintendent Pedro Martinez said the fight for maintenance funding will continue.

"I'm sad because this is money that we really need," he said. "Nobody even today that was opposed to this tax questioned the need. Nobody, and the need is only going to get bigger."

School district officials said they have a lot of work ahead of them now. News 4 will be following up with them to find out what will happen next in the search for that funding. 

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SuperNinja - 11/13/2013 12:55 PM
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Publicly funded schools are an antiquated concept. If you have children, take charge of your children's education instead of asking for someone else to help you pay for it.

Justdoit - 11/13/2013 10:36 AM
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Thank you Washoe County commissioners. You are correct this should go to the voters of Washoe County. To all of you who were so adamant about passing AB 46, an illegal tax you can still send your checks payable to the Washoe County School District.

Paladin - 11/13/2013 10:04 AM
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THANK YOU Washoe County Commission! I agree with Valleymike, let the voters decide. This was being rammed down the throats of the voters/taxpayers by the all knowing, all powerful teacher's union (SNEA). They are the ones that pushed it in the legislature. They would only be doing this if it was benefiting them in some way. I know one of the "union organizers" who has spent hour upon hour upon hour working to push the AB46 agenda. How much classroom time has she lost doing all her lobbying and organizing? I wonder how that has affected her students quality of education. We will never get a substantially better quality of education until we get rid of the teacher's unions!

freedomrings - 11/13/2013 9:00 AM
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always trying to push one over on the tax payers.didn't quite get away with it this time. personally i,m still bent on the english as a second language thing.

valleymike - 11/13/2013 8:15 AM
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Thank You County Commissioners for giving the Voters the right to decide if their taxes should be raised. Washoe County School Board. Next time create a case to build support of the Voters rather than bypass them as was attempted by AB 46 in the Legislature. Suggestions: 1. Define what needs to be done now and capital repairs in the future. Be realistic. 2. Define what a sustainable tax that would meet these goals. This could mean new Bond issue (20 year) when the Tax Base makes the District Bondable again or New taxes with NO future Bond Borrowing. 3. Lastly, 4 Board Members Terms expire in 2014. Let's find members who will direct the School Administration rather than be lead by the Administration.

barnespair - 11/13/2013 4:54 AM
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AB46 is a legislative decision, not county commissioners. Good job commissioners. This so typical of politicians, if there is a problem, throw money at it. Maybe we should have more accountability for the millions the district already receives, smarter decisions about where and when the money is spent and possibly, look at what the undocumented people of this county and state are costing us. Look at the mess our country is in because of politicians wanting to provide everything for us at taxpayers expense. I could go on and on about what is happening but, to no avail. We must start educating the way our forefathers did and get away from all this needless waste in our school districts. English as a second language is total boondogle. Parents should have some responsibility in raising our children and take it off the school districts.

steve - 11/13/2013 12:05 AM
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Nevada is a right to work at will state of lower wage jobs with high employee turnover rates. Most nevada school students will soon get older and enter into the at will work marry go round job market.

Kneehi - 11/12/2013 9:59 PM
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Sorry to blow off steam like that, but we need people to fight for a better education, so I would hope it would offer a better life to the citizens of the state of Nevada. :)

Kneehi - 11/12/2013 9:58 PM
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Makes you wonder why we have some many idiots in our community? Way to take the cake on the worst place to be on education. The drop out rate is this state is absolutely pathetic! Your packing idiots with very little education, and telling them how gun rights away, and other stupid stuff that makes no sense! Keep sending billions to countries that hate us! Keep taking funding away from education, and your packed full of easily brain washed morons! Why not take a little pride and do a better job of educating people so they can make better decisions in life? The selfishness and how self absorbed people get is amazing! Giving money to education would help the community so much! Does this just mean nothing in this state? Anyways, :/
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