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April 14, 2014
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Second go-round for Carson City sales-tax hike is set

The Board of Supervisors on Thursday will revisit the decision to pass a city sales-tax hike for Carson City capital projects.

The other major agenda item deals with the next step in the search process to select a city manager.

Several items involving the sales tax and capital projects go before the board during the meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Sierra Room of the Community Center at Roop and William streets.

Included are public hearings for the projects’ plan of expenditure and the tax hike, which is one-eighth of a penny and would raise $1 million per year. Also on the agenda is an alternative plan proposed by Supervisor Jim Shirk, then the first reading of the sales-tax increase ordinance. Shirk opposed the original version passed by the board on a 4-1 vote.

The matter must be revisited due to a notification question emanating from bond counsel and staff being unable to find necessary certification that it was done properly. That afforded Shirk his chance to try again to alter the proposal. Should he be unsuccessful, the plan initially passed must be approved Thursday, and the tax hike needs both first-reading action followed by final adoption two weeks later.

Capital projects, as the original version was conceived, include a multi-purpose athletic center, an animal shelter, streetscape enhancements for business corridors on Carson and East William streets, and unspecified improvements to the community center for cultural events.

The other major agenda item is whether to select and affirm the names of all five city manager candidates who have reached this state or cut the list to fewer finalists for interviews by the Board of Supervisors slated for May 2. Seventy people applied and a head hunter firm chose seven for interviews by a City Manager Advisory Committee, but two dropped out before those interviews on April 1.

Documentation by that panel of their impressions, plus videotapes of the interviews, are available to the board to help in deciding whether to review all five May 2 or cut the number of candidates for that final interview step before making a selection.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Jun 27, 2014 04:42PM Published Apr 14, 2014 03:39PM Copyright 2014 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.