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August 1, 2014

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Bill expected to raise gas tax 3 cents a gallon in Clark County

CARSON CITY — Gov. Brian Sandoval said Monday he will sign a bill permitting the Clark County Commission to raise the gasoline tax.

There were estimates in the Legislature that this could raise the tax about 3 cents per gallon starting in January.

The governor confirmed his decision after the state Board of Transportation was informed that the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada would contribute $31.5 million from the increased tax to the state to help it build its portion of the Boulder City bypass.

The state estimates it will cost $150 million to build its share of the Boulder City bypass. It has already started acquiring rights of way.

The bill allows the Clark County Commission to approve by a two-thirds vote raising the tax for three years. During the 2016 election, voters would decide whether the tax should continue to be levied.

Malfabon said the same tax system is used in Washoe County.

The bill passed the Assembly 34-7 and the Senate 17-3.

Supporters say the bill would raise money for needed road repairs and create jobs.

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