where Sheriff Doug Gillespie and the county commissioners were ready
to take a vote on the “more cops” tax item until county commissioner
Susan Brager spoke.
In what appeared to be a combined effort to find another “legit”
excuse to delay the vote one more time, Commissioner Brager dropped
the ball with what appeared to be a compromise, giving the sheriff
more money, but with taxpayers coming out with less.
But whatever money the sheriff gets is way more than what he deserves
because the sheriff has not shown any intention to cut down on the
present budget. It’s a proposal, however, that would have the sheriff
and taxpayers meeting halfway, suggesting Las Vegas police trim their
budget, but still leaving taxpayers with more to pay.
Sheriff Gillespie said the police department has already had to make
too many cuts. “When you start cutting more, you’re going to impact
services more. But I don’t think we have to. I think there is an
option on the table that would prevent us from doing that.”
Commissioner Brager said she would never support the sheriff’s
.15-cent sales tax increase.
And Commissioner Steve Sisolak said he won’t support any tax hike to
pay for more cops.
The sheriff is asking for a .15-cent increase. Commissioner Susan
Brager proposed a .075-cent tax hike Tuesday. She says that is enough
to get Metro money.
The sheriff told the commissioners that his department “has already
made a substantial number of cuts throughout the organization,” but
did not tell the board what or where these cuts were.
Commissioner Chairman Steve Sisolak spoke to the media on Tuesday
morning, before the meeting, explaining what the Las Vegas Tribune has
been saying for a long time, that the sheriff’s public information
office has more officers than it needs and a civilian boss that does
not belong in there, giving the impression that there could be a lot
of political support payback.
“As the Sheriff of Clark County, I’ve got a huge amount of
responsibility, as well as my organization, to provide a level of
safety to, not only the people who live and work here, but the people
who visit here; and I believe this sales tax increase would assist us
in doing that,” Gillespie said.
However, County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak did not appear at
all pleased with yet another sales tax increase on the people.
Whatever the commissioners decide, spending at Metro will be under the
Commissioner Sisolak wants no increase at all. Commissioner Brager
supports coming to middle ground. Commissioner Tom Collins wants the
“We allocate a budget to Metro. Metro has to learn to live within
[its] budget. We cannot continue to raise taxes and put these
increases on the backs of people when we are giving raises,” Sisolak
Citing examples such as a $42 million fiasco involving radios that
were a danger to the rank and file when they did not do the job they
were supposed to do, and a helicopter ride given to a Guns ‘N’ Roses
he can’t help but question Metro’s use of funds.
Commissioners will weigh all of these options at another meeting October 1.