Time to turn our attention to local government

The caucus is over and Nevadans have done their duty in spades in helping to choose the next president of the United States.

Time to sit back and watch the rest of the country have their opportunity?

Not a chance. It's time to turn our attention to local politics, where you have an even greater opportunity and responsibility to make a difference.

And nowhere is that more evident than in Carson City, which must make crucial and painful decisions in the coming months to address its budget crisis, which includes a $3 million shortfall. It's up to you to make sure they make the right decisions when the proposals are brought in front of supervisors in the coming weeks.

In all likelihood, Carson City residents will be paying more for fewer services in 2008. Which services can you do without ... cuts in library and recreation services? Changes in the way police, fire and ambulance services operate? Fewer inspections?

Where would you be willing to pay more ... higher utility and landfill fees? A higher sales tax for street maintenance?

Those are just some of the impacts and proposals we're likely to see from our elected representatives.

Carson City is not alone in its financial struggles. In fact, nearly every other municipality will have the same difficult choices during this economic downturn and we hope Nevadans everywhere pay close attention.

Beyond those problems is Election Day, where we'll once again be able to vote for president. But the votes that are likely to have the most impact on your life are the ones you cast for local officials.

We urge you not to wait until then to pay attention to their actions.

This editorial represents the view of the Nevada Appeal Editorial Board.


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