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Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget means job, service cuts for Clark County

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Gov. Brian Sandoval acknowledges the applause of lawmakers and guests after entering the Nevada Assembly chambers to deliver his first State of the State speech before a joint session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.

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KSNV coverage of Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposed state budget, Jan. 25, 2011.

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If the state Legislature adopts the budget Gov. Brian Sandoval proposed, Clark County would lose $150 million in tax revenue over the next two years and inherit $100 million worth of funding responsibilities.

Jobs would be lost, services would be cut and buildings would be shuttered, county officials said.

Preliminary analysis of the proposed cuts paints a scary picture, according to Clark County administrators:

* More than $58 million a year from county property tax revenue would be permanently shifted to the state. The money previously paid for parks and recreational facilities (which created hundreds of construction jobs), and services to abused and neglected children, homeless people and the medically needy.

* An additional $32.5 million, also derived from property tax revenue, would be shifted to the state over the biennium.

* Medicaid reimbursements for University Medical Center would be cuts by 5 percent, shifting more than $2 million in annual costs to the county. That comes on top of the more than $20 million the governor and Legislature already slashed from the public hospital's budget. Maternity, neonatal intensive care and psychiatric care would be hit hardest.

* Pre-sentence investigations would be transferred to district courts from the state Parole and Probation Division at a cost of more than $5 million a year. The change would result in 77 layoffs of state employees, county officials said.

* Elder protective services would be shifted from the state to the county, at a cost of $2 million over the next two years.

* The Community Triage Center, which provides crisis intervention, mental health and substance abuse assessment, drug and alcohol detoxification and homeless outreach (diverting many people from jail or emergency rooms), would likely close. The center is funded through a partnership between the state, county and local hospitals, and the funding sweep would cause that partnership to dissolve.

* Clark County would be responsible for paying for a larger portion of costs for nursing home services for low-income seniors and disabled people. County officials estimate a $24 million bill over two years.

* The county would lose 14 percent of its child welfare budget if funding is converted into a block grant as proposed by the governor. Sandoval also wants to eliminate TANF emergency assistance funding for counties - a $1.6 million, two-year hit statewide.

* Funding for child support enforcement staff in the District Attorney's Office would be eliminated, costing that county between $1.4 million and $2 million over the biennium and resulting in 14 layoffs.

* The Spring Mountain Youth Camp, which rehabilitates troubled youth, could close.

* The Community Corrections block grant would be eliminated, resulting in 11 layoffs of staff who supervise troubled youth to prevent them from being institutionalized.

* Clark County would lose $4.3 million over the next two years to pay for room and board for young people in treatment facilities.

* Funding for the treatment and rehabilitation of juvenile sex offenders would be eliminated.

* The responsibility of providing parole services to young offenders would be shifted from the state to the county, at an estimated $11 million cost over the biennium.

* State funding for Mental Health Court would be eliminated.

* Costs for developmental services for disabled children would be shifted to the county, costing Clark County $6.5 million over two years.

* Clark County would be responsible for paying for tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease programs. Medical care related to tuberculosis would likely cost the county $1.2 million over the biennium. Costs for care of people with sexually transmitted diseases is estimated at $14,000.

* Funding for consumer health protection and emergency medical services would be shifted from the state to the county.

“It’s very unsettling to see how much the governor’s proposed budget would rely on the citizens of Clark County to solve the state’s deficit,” Commissioner Mary Beth Scow said.

"The services that local government created should be the local governments’ responsibility and those services created by the state should be the state’s responsibility,” Commissioner Tom Collins said. “I would suggest the governor more seriously consider what is the state’s real responsibility.”

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  1. "Jobs would be lost, services would be cut and buildings would be shuttered"...

    Sounds like a winner, B.S.!!!

  2. Well that is what we get for electing him.

  3. Sandoval has cost the State of Nevada even more jobs now. He said he was going to bring jobs. At least he could be a "stand up leader" like several Republicans in Congress who have given up their taxpayer paid for medical care for themselves and their families.

    Walk the walk, Brian, don't just talk the talk. It is time for Sandoval to step down, he is a failed leader following in the footsteps of Jim Gibbons.

    If "government" healthcare is bad, then give-up yours.

  4. @chappell...
    Whoa!
    Is this what it's coming to with the Tea types???
    Holy smokes...
    I assume you are not a God fearing man.

  5. As I stated before the election when Mr. Sandoval refused to give anyone any idea how he would balance the budget.

    He is playing a shell game with the money and services.

    This is not balancing the budget, this is just delaying positive actions to fix the problem and taking the responsibility of the problems from the state level to the local level.

    Really is to bad he won't man up and make the hard decisions that need to be made.

    Cut benefits and salaries of state workers to the level of the private sector and other states. Cut programs this state can no longer afford.

    It will have to be done, now or later. Should be now since we are close to the bottom it won't hurt as much.

    Nevada will come back, we are not the only state in trouble but it is going to take time and some drastic reform. To bad you did not elect a man that can take the heat and do the job right.

  6. Oh but SandOval will not raise our taxes..... he is just forcing local governments to impose fees and taxes to keep our local governments from closing down.
    bend over Southern Nevada, Brian is here.

  7. Maybe when we cut those jobs it could be, oh I don't know, the A/C repairman who makes over $200,000 a year?

    What some people don't want you to know: we can have more effective government at a lower cost by focusing on - you guessed it - the people, not government employees.

  8. Nice let the rape of Clark County and Southern Nevada begin. We now know where Brian Sandoval stands and it isn't with Las Vegas or with the rest of Clark County. Too bad it will take four years to get rid of this loser.

  9. Chunky asks:

    How much of those expenses that will be transferred to the county's responsibility are related to services the state and county provide to illegals?

    It doesn't seem like the illegal alien thing is going to go away but what does it cost those of us who pay the taxes that provide services to them?

    That's what Chunky is pondering this evening!

  10. How much would be saved if NRS288 were re-written and various groups of public employees were put on a straight salary instead of collecting overtime?

  11. Regarding a state income tax: What percentage of land-owners live outside the state and would never be subject to it? It seems to me that a state income tax would place an even greater burden upon the shrinking number of those who still have jobs. Raising property taxes would at least affect all property owners even if they do not reside in this state but still enjoy the benefits (i.e. fire protection) paid for by those taxes.

    With an increasing number of non-resident land owners that has resulted from the depressed housing market I think this would be a major consideration.

  12. Still going down after the 2008 stock market crash and only the Hoover blankets are increasing in value.

  13. The county needs to levy taxes on the casinos, businesses and even perhaps individuals as well in order to fund some of these programs.

  14. The need to make changes and yes, cuts to the budget, is not in dispute. What Sandoval delivered in his State of the State address was more than an itemized list of those cuts: it was a spotlight on his personal values. They scream for all to hear that education and jobs are not his priority.

  15. Perhaps if government was run more efficiently we would not be in this mess.

    For example, Clark County School District:

    $2.1 BILLION / 300,000 students = $7,000 per student

    A classroom of 30 students requires $210,000 per year to operate. And this is only General Fund obligations -- salaries, utilities, instructional materials, liability insurance and transportation.

    $210,000 to educate 30 children for nine months -- are you kidding me?

    The system is obviously broken. Raising taxes will do nothing to fix it. Thank you Governor Sandoval for having the courage to say enough is enough.

    Government wants more money. Nevada taxpayers say "NO"!