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.