Gillespie: I Have A Financial Burden As Sheriff

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Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie (photo: Tate South/KXNT)

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie (photo: Tate South/KXNT)

(Las Vegas, NV) — Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie is facing a $30 million shortfall. The news he received Thursday isn’t likely to help him dig out anytime soon.

An amendment to AB 496 will reduce the amount of a sales tax increase that Gillespie hoped would allow him to put more officers on the streets.

The bill provides the legislative approval required for the imposition of an increase in that tax of not more than fifteen-hundredths of one percent rather than one-quarter of a percent.

“As the sheriff of Clark County I have a significant financial burden to overcome. In my opinion, this bill in its original form or in the amended form is needed,” says Gillespie.

Existing law authorizes the Board of County Commissioners of Clark County to impose a sales and use tax in Clark County of one-quarter of 1 percent to employ and equip additional police officers for the Boulder City Police Department, Henderson Police Department, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Mesquite Police Department and North Las Vegas Police Department

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