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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Clark County Commissioners Wednesday again rejected an increase in the local sales tax that would have funded Metro and hired more police officers.

Three Commissioners, Susan Braeger, Steve Sisolak, and Chris Giunchigliani voted no on the measure, thus denying its passage.

The tax would have increased the county tax from 8.1% to 8.25% in two stages, beginning in October of this year, while drawing down the estimated $140 million police reserve fund.

The vote came after a long session involving pro and con arguments from citizens, public officials and the commissioners themselves.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who has lobbied heavily for the tax, left the commission meeting without comment, but scheduled a news conference this afternoon at Metro Police headquarters.

(This is a developng story. More details as they become available.)

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