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Commission Balks At Property Tax Hike

(Las Vegas, NV)– The Clark County Commission debated a potential property tax hike on Wednesday, but in the end decided to put the subject aside for another year.

University Medical Center would have been the beneficiary if the commission would have approved increasing the Clark County rate of .04470 per $100 of assessed value.

UMC does not have an allowed property tax rate pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes, in increase in the general operating rate of Clark County is the only means available for generating additional tax revenue.

The commission spoke unanimously about holding public meetings to better educate the public on the importance of UMC before implementing a tax increase.

Commissioner Mary Beth Scow took things a step further

“The whole landscape is about to change as the Affordable Health Care Act comes into play. Then, nearly every patient will have insurance. It will be totally different than what we are talking about now. I think that needs to be taken into consideration as we consider these changes,” says Scow

UMC does not have an allowed property tax rate pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes, in increase in the general operating rate of Clark County is the only means available for generating additional tax revenue.

The allowed rate is nearly 3o cents higher, but because of additional criteria the rate would be able to increase by about 25 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Commissioner Susan Brager wants the public to learn more about what UMC has to offer.

“I think we need a meeting so our citizens can come and understand why UMC is the hospital they would want to go to in the wake of a tragedy,” says Brager.

Although no action was needed to be taken on the measure, Commissioner Steve Sisolak made a motion nonetheless to vote down the increase, which was approved.

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