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Sheriff Young Needs No  Special Quarter-Percent 
Sales Tax To Squander -  So Kill AB418
by Ken Mahal, NSC President
Originally published on  May 12, 2005 - reprinted with permission

  Dear Governor Kenny Guinn, Nevada State Senators, Nevada State Assemblypersons, our Nevada Seniors Coalition and all others reading this story; this article is about AB418; a bill that if passed will give Sheriff Bill Young multi-millions of dollars in boondoggle with no one but him in control.

To All: Realize this bill is all about putting on our backs, a quarter percent sales tax now and in several more years another quarter percent additional sales tax levied on just about everything you and I purchase. We went through the same fight over the Southern Nevada Water Authority (I high light this word to remind you it is something we no longer can control, the bureaucracy controls it and you and I have nothing to say about that money) Do you really want another bundle of money given to the cops when they already are the best paid and benefit laden employees in government. Sure we need cops and staff but we already have ample funding for them between the City of Las Vegas and Clark County. And with their ample revenue increases there is no reason they should not continue to fund the Metropolitan Police department and let other communities keep doing their own funding as they do now.

We at the Nevada Seniors Coalition believe there is no justification in a special sales tax increase as recommended in AB418. We realize there is tremendous growth in Clark County and that government must expand accordingly and we believe that policing is an important part of keeping order in Clark County. At present and for the 25 plus years that most of us have lived here we think the present funding by the City of Las Vegas and Clark County works very well. In fact from our experience having lived in many places in the country it is our opinion that the present funding works just fine. It is also our opinion that elected officials should and must remain in positions of funding and all oversight of the Metropolitan Police Department. The present method of both the City and County having oversight is probably one of the best if not the best methods of funding and oversight of anyplace in the United States. In spite of the tremendous growth we are all living with, the present system works the best of anything we can think of. We believe sincerely that allowing the funding for policing to be fractured as this new tax would do, would be a very serious mistake.

Our present system of taxing is realizing a double digit increase in tax revenues for all government agencies and with the prospects far into the future remaining that way, we see no reason to change the present system. We also question Sheriff Bill Young’s thinking concerning his percentage of police in proportion to population as in other cities. We believe a very important comparative has been forgotten the fact that our growth for 25 years has been in gated communities which take less policing than in un-gated communities as in other cities. We are very opposed to any separate taxing mechanism as suggested by AB418. Therefore we recommend that you reject the special sales tax requested by Metro and ask that you kill AB418.

CLARK COUNTY COMMISSIONER BRUCE WOODBURY HAS IT RIGHT. FIGHT THE FEDS TAKING THE REVENUE FROM FEDERAL LAND SALES IN NEVADA.

What Bruce doesn’t mention is we are dealing with the federal government and if they choose to auction off large parcels of land in Nevada they can do so and there isn’t much that can be done to stop it from being developed afterwards. When you deal with the feds they usually have the last word so we might as well get used to it. We have been using that 70% of the money from land sales for questionable things like parks, opens spaces (whatever that means) schools etc. I see no justification in giving money to the schools and for parks etc. when it should be the responsibility of a city anyway –meaning the developers of growth should be responsible. Why shouldn’t the feds get the money? It is their land and someone made that deal many moons ago so it seems we just have to grow up and live with it. Maybe if we began to truly have growth pay for growth we might see a change in attitude about this insanity to grow and do it sensibly. I defy any politician to show us there are benefits to the growth we are suffering with as opposed to what we can show in the way of disadvantages to just about everything those in power are doing in the process. Is it progress when you burdening us with this impossible traffic, dirty diesel, deadly desert dust, the importing of tens of thousands of minimum wage earners with their kids over loading our schools and more? I don’t think so. A few people making tons of money has nothing to do with what might mistakenly be called quality of life. I have yet to see one time we have earned the good cities planning award for anything that has happened in the greater Las Vegas area in the last 20 years. Would I rather see the 70% of the land sale money go to the feds? You bet I would and maybe have it put into refinancing the Social Security shortfall caused by congress who has been stealing that surplus these many years since its inception.

ALL OF A SUDDEN AFTER THE BAD AIRPORT LAND DEALS THE LEGISLATURE WANTS TO EXPOSE THE “L.L.C. CORPORATIONS”.

HOW NICE, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN PAT MULROY HAD US PAY $25+ MILLION TO HARVEY WHITTAMORE FOR THE WATER RIGHTS ON HIS HIDDEN L.L.C. CORPORATE LAND HE OWNS and JUST A SHORT FEW MONTHS AFTER HE HELPED THE “SNWA” GET A quarter cent sales tax put on our back for them to waste as a boondoggle for ever and ever.

STEVE WYNN THE BIG SHOT IN THE WIND IS BLOWING AGAIN.

I remember the last time before he was forced out by Mr. Kirkorian. I bought 100 shares of Mirage mostly so I could attend the shareholders meetings. I really enjoyed his comment when a shareholder asked Mr. Wynn “when you are going to do something to increase the value of your company’s shares”? In his very best arrogant manner he stated in no uncertain terms “it is not my job to increase the value of the stock”. I remember writing a month later predicting he would have a new job selling paintings for the Starving Artists. He didn’t quite do that but was bought out lock stock and barrel. Now he has done everything he said he would never do as follows; don’t go public, don’t go to Wall Street and don’t take on a partner. He has done all of the above and reduced his ownership to some 26%. I predict he is too old to change his manner of doing business and will not be surprised to see him out on the street in less than five years. He wasn’t making money for his Mirage share holders and doubt if at his age he has learned the secret to do it now. We wish him luck though.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST LET’S HAVE A “NEVADA VOTERS REBATE” OF $300,000,000.

Governor Kenny Guinn. Members of the Senate and Assembly you know who we are so just surprise us and send us our share of the kitty. This is so easy to do because you have our addresses so you know where we live and that we voted. Now all you need to do is to take $300,000,000 divided by 831,563 (people who voted) and cut a check for $360.76 for each and every one of us. Nothing could be more fair and easier to do. As a matter of fact keep the .76 cents for stamps and envelopes if you like.

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