School Officials Seek Tax Increase from Voters

LAS VEGAS - In the November election, the Clark County School District will ask voters to give the district more money. The issue of raising your property taxes will be on the ballot.

Under the proposal, homeowners whose property is appraised at $100,000 will see an increase of $72 dollars a year. That's $6 a month. District officials say that would bring $669 million to schools over six years.

Trustees decided this pay-as-you-go method would be a better option than a $5 billion bond issue.

"Our district has done pay as you go in the past. In some ways, it's simpler, because it doesn't involve issuing bonds. In other ways, it's a little more complicated, because you have to wait for the money to come in," said CCSD Chief Financial Officer Jeff Weiler.

Trustees unanimously approved this six-year capital levy at Wednesday morning's school board meeting. CCSD officials hope this extra property tax revenue will repair aging school buildings, upgrade technology and replace things like heaters and air conditioning units that wear out over time.

A $12 million full conversion of West Prep Academy is planned if voters approve the tax hike. West Prep is currently a K-12 campus with 30 portable classrooms. It's one of many schools that stand to benefit from a facility upgrade.

"That's the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about students, how we're going to help to improve the needs of students?" said Dorothy Lawson, whose grandchildren attend West Prep. "I think it would be wonderful. It's something that needs to happen."

CCSD says Boulder City High School will be replaced along with two yet-to-be-named elementary schools. Additionally, $50 million is budgeted for two new elementary schools due to overcrowding.

Ultimately, voters will have the final say when they voice their choice on this tax increase in November.


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