Public packs first AB46 hearing at Washoe County Commission meeting

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Updated: 7/24/2013 12:03 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- The Washoe County Commission is taking on AB46 now after the legislature amended the bill to leave the decision of whether or not to increase taxes for education funding up to the county.

School district officials say Washoe County schools need $300 million in repairs and AB46 was the solution. The law would raise both property tax and sales tax if the county approves it, creating about $20 million for those needs. 

At Tuesday night's meeting, 63 people signed up for public comment to weigh in. 

While 20 of the 21 people who wrote comment cards, not wanting to speak just wanting to share their opinion, are in support of AB46, most of the first dozen speakers are against it. 

Vice president of the school board and former Reno City Councilman Dave Aiazzi said when it comes to raising taxes you really have to show the need and prove you'll be responsible with the money, and now they're back at square one with this funding as the county commission takes on the issue.  

"We have to just be here ready to answer their questions and get them whatever information they need to make the decision they feel they need to make," Aiazzi said.

Commission Chairman David Humke said it would take at least three meetings on the subject to generate an ordinance, and since they have so many questions about AB46 and the school district's spending and budget it's likely to be a few months before they come to a decision. 
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Paladin - 7/24/2013 10:18 AM
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When will everyone realize that throwing more money at the eduacation system in this country will not improve our children's quality of education. It will only improve the position of the teacher's unions who have a strangle hold on the system. Until we break the NEA and SNEA and have school choice and pay for performance with the ability to get rid of bad teachers, we will never improve the quality of education.

vietnamvet25 - 7/24/2013 10:02 AM
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I think if the WCSD would look at the wasteful spending they do on a daily basis and drop the "created positions " they put administrative people in less than favorable issues in the schools they were running they might find the money they need for repairs..... someone needs to do an independent investigation into the way they spend their money and is it justified.

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