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July 7, 2015

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Voters have already spoken on tax hikes

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How dare Commissioner Tom Collins demand to raise property taxes? On Election Day, the people of Nevada said no. Who does he think he is? Let him go to the casinos that spend billions in other countries while turning their backs on their fellow Las Vegans.

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  1. It's stupid comments like this, from unthinking persons with a personal agenda, that give rise to the TEA movement and the likes of Grover Norquist. Tax accessors/collectors historically from Biblical times rank right up there with hippocrites. And still. Any wonder why this is so for over 2000 years?


  2. It is my belief that rational people are willing to pay taxes in exchange for fair value received. We need good police and fire protection, roads, education for children (future voters) and many other types of infrastructure.

    Right now, I do not feel as if I am receiving a fair value in the above areas for the taxes I pay.

  3. Clarence Weldon Collins Jr. is the same guy who voted for "sweetheart" contracts that cost us millions more when the low bids were rejected. I believe the years of imbibing too much alcohol have addled his brain or what little there ever was of a brain. He's also a guy who believes in using physical violence when he disagrees with others such as a fellow employee at the electric company and a fellow motorist both of whom he battered in a fit off rage. This is just the type of character we don't need making "laws" that he will later ignore as only pertaining to others. The good thing is we will finally be rid of the cretin as he is term-limited from running for reelection. Thank God!

  4. Word of warning I just moved to LV to get away from the tax nut crazy state I lived in. This is how all of the tax burden started in NYS and others. Instead of doing their jobs and making government run like a business they just bleed more tax money off of us tax payers for more spending and waste in Government.Raising property tax is just a cop out for lazy management and solves nothing. I believe most people would feel ok if the tax burden is shared equally but we know that will not happen. A flat tax on everything but the 1% would cry bloody murder because they would have to finally pay their fair share of taxes. Keep up the fight Nevada

  5. Comment removed by moderator. Personal Attack

  6. I don't think Mr. Collins gets it... You're a servant of the people who elected you to carry out their wishes. Not to come up with half baked ideas that will stop what little growth that is taking place. It you really don't get it, you can be recalled.

  7. Carmine, while some comments just don't stand alone perhaps we must allow that the Poster hasn't the vocabulary or thinks it is self evident: all levels of government must address excessive compensation of employees. When Clark County does this, there is more than enough funding for anything and everything except perhaps K-12 and cradle to grave care for dependent whiners and illegals. Did you catch the national media clip about federal DHS referring illegals to government handouts including SSI?

  8. Recent stats show that home values are increasing slowly. That will translate into more property tax revenue under the current assessment.

    Even with that, I don't anticipate wages will increase very much. Unions need to be aware that they will not be making points with tax payers to demand increases when so many others will not be able to sustain the additional burdens.

    We are not out of the woods yet, so I think it is wrong to increase property taxes at this time.

    There should be some audits and reviews of the efficiency and management of how funds are allocated.

    I think boftx's list of priorities are good priorities and within those, look for ways to get the most bang out of the tax buck. All else is a luxury now.

    In the upcoming legislative session lawmakers will hear proposals about the change in the consolidated tax structure, which distributes revenue to cities and counties.

    Anyone concerned about increasing taxes should pay attention to the legislature and express they concerns to them.

    Do you know what is in the Clark County budget?

    If you are interested, here is a pdf of the of the County 2012-2013 Budget to review. One has a better idea of where cuts might take place or what tax increases are needed.

    Elected officials must explain and justify tax increases, especially now since we are still suffering from the effects of the recession, and we may enter another one soon.

    If we have learned anything from the economic crisis, it is that each individual, city, county, and state must be responsible enough to be aware of what the elected officials are doing with the finances.

  9. "Carmine, while some comments just don't stand alone perhaps we must allow that the Poster hasn't the vocabulary " @Roslenda

    I agree with the poster's letter, and disagree with the Commissioner's comments.

    Yes, to your question.