Lawmakers postpone decision on NTA

By Patrick Walker | pwalker@8newsnow.com

Published 02/09 2016 08:28PM

Updated 02/09 2016 08:28PM

Lawmakers will not take action on possibly dissolving the Nevada Taxicab Authority. A legislative subcommittee decided late Tuesday afternoon to postpone a decision to allow time for response to a January state audit. A counter-audit by the Nevada Taxicab Authority is also underway.

The Nevada Taxicab Authority's troubled past was seemingly on trial Tuesday in front of the subcommittee that's deciding its fate.

The January state audit said the authority needed to adhere to its statutory roles, correct its fee structure and adjust or eliminate the credit card fee.

The report concluded the changes would save customers nearly $50 million per year.

Cab drivers at the meeting say it's time to do away with the taxicab authority.

"We wouldn't miss them if they became the NTA,” said cab driver Carlos Bracamontes.

"The corruption and the greed needs to be stopped,” said cab driver Phillip Rodman. "I'm tired of this. I'm tired of barely paying my bills so they can make record profits, thank you."

But cab owners say the authority is operating just fine. An attorney reviewing the audit on behalf of the authority says he takes issue with the state's audit.

"I found the report, excuse me, the audit report to be extremely misleading, and as (Lucky Cab owner Jason) Awad said, in some cases, just absolutely false," said attorney Neal Tomlinson.

The authority got a black eye when former NTA Director Gordon Walker resigned in 2011 over long-hauling and other allegations.

The authority is going on the offensive, preparing its own counter-audit for the legislative subcommittee to consider.

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