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September 5, 2015

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Goodman claims Giunchigliani wants to raise Las Vegas taxes

Carolyn Goodman claims Chris Giunchigliani wants to raise taxes in Las Vegas. Giunchigliani claims Goodman is misleading voters and acting like a hypocrite.

With less than a week before election day, the race for Las Vegas mayor is heating up and turning ugly.

Giunchigliani on Wednesday struck back at Goodman's latest attack on her tax record, calling Goodman's ads inaccurate.

Goodman recently released a television commercial and mailer that accuse Giunchigliani of wanting to raise city taxes.

"A Giunchigliani administration would suck taxpayers dry," a voice in the television spot says. Giunchigliani "votes for higher taxes for us and repeated pay raises for politicians like herself."

Goodman quotes Giunchigliani as saying that she'd be open to the idea of a tax hike, an accurate statement. But a tax increase in Las Vegas is highly unlikely as the mayor no power to raise taxes.

In fact, Giunchigliani called several of Goodman's facts skewed.

Goodman, who in the past has supported Giunchigliani, claims in the ad that Giunchigliani voted in favor of pay raises for politicians. But Giunchigliani's campaign points out that the Clark County commissioner voted to freeze her salary in 2008 and 2009 and cut it in 2010.

Giunchigliani added that Mayor Oscar Goodman voted to more than double the salary for the next mayor, who could be his wife.

Giunchigliani's campaign also noted that an $836 million tax plan voted for by Giunchigliani and criticized by Goodman was passed with a two-thirds majority by the state Legislature. The bill was supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and a Republican governor signed it.

Goodman released the tax ads after Giunchigliani aired a commercial accusing Goodman of being out of touch with people facing foreclosure. Goodman also called Giunchigliani's ad misleading and inaccurate.

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