By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Board of Examiners on Tuesday will consider settling a dispute with Washoe County over $21.5 million in local property tax revenue taken by the 2009 Legislature to balance the state budget.
The proposed settlement would provide an immediate payment of $1.25 million to the county, with another $6 million being allocated later for major road maintenance projects.
Washoe County submitted the claim to the Board of Examiners in September 2011, citing a state Supreme Court ruling in May 2011 that said the Legislature improperly took $62 million in 2010 from the Clark County Clean Water Coalition fund to balance the state budget. That ruling forced Gov. Brian Sandoval to reconfigure his proposed 2001-13 state budget by extending a set of taxes that had been scheduled to expire June 30, 2011.
The county argued that the court ruling applied to the funds taken by lawmakers in 2009 as well.
Clark County also submitted a claim, seeking $102.5 million in property tax revenue also taken by the 2009 Legislature. But the county in June opted to sue rather than continue settlement negotiations with state officials.
The Republican governor said in June he was disappointed at the decision of the Clark County Commission to take the matter to court and he questioned whether the amount of the claim was accurate.