For Immediate Release
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A fight is brewing over AB375, the flood tax. Modeled on WC1 the sales tax increase, AB 375 uses the word “Must” and “Required” to impose new fees or taxes solely on Washoe County.
The bill specially addresses possible taxes to include: gross receipts from the rental of transient lodging; a supplemental governmental services tax for the privilege of operating a vehicle; an additional tax on the transfer of real property; an additional property tax; and any other tax, fee, levy or assessment the county is authorized under the law of this State to impose. Thus it may include another sales tax increase!
It is noted that following passage of WC1, Lyon County saw a whopping 39.9% increase Motor Vehicle/Parts Sales. (NV Taxation Cat 441 report date: 03/31/2017 to 05/24/2017)
Various other bills passed into law will raise taxes, fees and costs to residents. You’ll see an increase in cell or home phone taxes and AB379 will allow local government to tax us for parks and open space. Also, Meanwhile Washoe only gas tax will go up about 2 cents July 1 (and every July it goes up) making us about 40+ cents higher than Fernley and Carson.
What is AB375?
This is the flood tax. We already pay ample sales tax for flood control and those folks that choose to build in flood plains can form their own tax districts or otherwise mitigate their problem at their expense, not ours. It should be noted the sales tax only affects the Truckee River and does nothing to help North Valley or Steamboat flood victims.
AB375, ties the hands of the County Commission while providing for a very stacked committee of special interests. “…the board of county commissioners is required to submit a question to the voters at the 2018 General Election.”
Jeff Church of RenoTaxRevolt.com indicted that unlike WC1 that was “for the kids” he expects to be much more prepared to fight this measure. “We were asleep at the wheel on WC1, this time from day one, we’ll be gearing up to inform the voters and fight it at all levels including the courts.” Said Church. “Unlike WC1, we already have a sales tax for flood control. Those that build in a flood plain can otherwise mitigate the problem better than placing the burden on all taxpayers.” He added.
There may be legal challenges to AB375 that may be addressed as well.
It should also be noted that the Reno-
*Disclaimer: Jeff Church is not a lawyer or tax expert. Please independently verify any info herein. I will correct any erroneous information.
Legislative Counsel’s Digest:
Section 1 of this bill authorizes the governing body of a flood management
authority to establish by resolution a flood control project needs committee to recommend the imposition of certain: (1) flood management fees, rates, charges, levies or assessments; or (2) taxes for consideration by the voters at the 2018 General Election to fund the approved flood management projects of the flood management authority. Sections 2 and 3 of this bill provide that if such a committee is established, the committee: (1) must recommend the imposition of certain flood management fees, rates, charges, levies or assessments; and (2) may recommend the imposition of one or more other taxes. The taxes which may be recommended for imposition are: (1) an additional tax on the gross receipts from the rental of transient lodging in the county; (2) a supplemental governmental services tax for the privilege of operating a vehicle upon the public streets, roads and highways of the county; (3) an additional tax on the transfer of real property in the county; (4) an additional property tax in the county; and (5) any other tax, fee, levy or assessment the county is authorized under the law of this State to impose.