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July 28, 2014

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Commissioners took the easy road

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In light of the terrible tragedy in Newton, Conn., I find it hard to understand why Commissioners Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak would vote against Sheriff Doug Gillespie’s request for an increase of a quarter-cent in sales tax to pay for more police officers. What this would mean is that on a $100 buy, purchasers would pay a quarter — 25 cents more over the current sales tax. Many, if not most people, oppose such an increase. But I always thought we elected our political leaders to make difficult decisions on such matters, and considering the paltry amounts involved, I guess these two commissioners didn’t get that message.

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  1. Mr. Mundy has every right to advocate for a tax increase to fund police, but I'd have a lot more respect for him if he also wrote letters of criticism when:

    The Regional Justice Center construction was way over budget and then the new building had to be repaired several times after completion.

    The city decided it just had to have a new city hall right in the middle of the worse economic downturn ever seen in Las Vegas.

    Teachers are not paid enough but we have too many administrators and they are compensated too highly.

    Some fire fighters totally misuse a ridiculous overtime and sick leave system that was approved by our elected Representatives.

    PERS is out of control financially and terribly underfunded but immediate reforms are not put in place.

    Perhaps if Mr. Mundy did any of that, he would not have to rail and write letters when so many struggling tax payers are against a tax increase for more police.

    Michael

  2. The 2 Commissioners, who I don't personally and professionally like, actually took the road less travelled by politicians. They voted against the tax increase. The easier thing to do would have been to vote for it.

    CarmineD

  3. Nevada seems to have a knee-jerk (or sometimes just jerk) reaction to tax increases regardless of the possible benefit. I just love our own Nevada Policy Research Institute which has only one policy (NO to taxes) and does no research.

  4. Anyone who's been around for any length of time knows Mundy has never seen a tax increase he didn't like. As for increasing the sales tax a quarter percent: that tax will last forever and later increases will be piled upon it. If Metro needs additional funding - appropriate it out of the general fund & give it to the department - but cut some other useless expenditures to do so. I'm in agreement with Carmine about those two, as they are union lackeys and generally obey any union command. When the union says "Jump!" They ask, "How high?" and, when the union says, "S**T!" They ask, "How much?"

  5. Isn't the tax already pretty regressive ? Should the poor pay more so that they can increase their chances of getting mowed down by the cops ? The rich can always pay to get out of jail. In a sense aren't the police there to keep the poor at bay.

  6. Author, there are local facts in play of which you are unaware.

  7. We don't need ANY tax increases. We need to address the over-compensation of city, county, school district employees--and they don't even contribute towards PERS--we taxpayers cover that ABOVE their salaries. Non-government employees, those who ware worker, took a 10% hit, on average, and that's based on their comp packages that are much more modest than government workers. For our economy to recover, we must allow people to retain more of their income so they can spend it--spending, supply and demand, is how things used to work. The less government interference in the markets, the faster our economy can soar.

  8. "In light of the terrible tragedy in Newton, Conn., I find it hard to understand why Commissioners Chris Giunchigliani and Steve Sisolak would vote against Sheriff Doug Gillespie's request for an increase of a quarter-cent in sales tax to pay for more police officers."

    Mundy -- it's because "the terrible tragedy in Newton, Conn." has nothing to do with anything here. Get a grip on reality!

    "Mr. Mundy has every right to advocate for a tax increase to fund police, but I'd have a lot more respect for him if he also wrote letters of criticism when..."

    wtplv -- good list from a good citizen!

    "I just love our own Nevada Policy Research Institute which has only one policy (NO to taxes) and does no research."

    pisces -- then you're not paying attention. I've found a lot of their research offerings to be spot-on

    "...how many millions and millions of dollars was Sheriff Gillespie asking the county for his projected payouts / settlements of officer misconduct lawsuits?"

    BChap -- good post, even though you didn't mention how Metro recently dropped the ball with their new $40+ million communications system and expect the taxpayers to foot the bill for a new one!

    "I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically." -- Henry David Thoreau 1849 "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience"

  9. Steve, leadership as usual (as in out there whether you agree or not.) Chris, this might be a first time. Good work.

  10. Mr. Chapline, good post! Mr. Casler also. When are we going to demand that our politicians become better stewards of OUR money? When?