CARSON CITY, Nev. — Washoe County is a little richer.
The Nevada Board of Examiners voted to settle a legal dispute with the county over local tax revenue taken by the 2009 Legislature to balance the state budget.
The settlement provides an immediate payment of $1.25 million to the county, with another $6 million being allocated later for major road maintenance projects. As part of the agreement, the road projects will be moved up in the state’s funding priorities.
The original legal claim submitted in 2011 was for $21.4 million, but the county later revised its demand to about $17.9 million.
Gov. Brian Sandoval, a member of the board, called it a good deal for the state since the state Transportation Department has approved funding for the road projects.
“I think it’s important to recognize, as I said, that there was no admission of liability by either party,” Sandoval added after Tuesday’s meeting. “I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to be having litigation or disputes between governmental entities.”