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Division of tax dollars does not match population figures

Reported by: Reed Cowan
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Updated: 5/01 8:48 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3)-- The population boom in southern Nevada has been historic. More people and more money paid in taxes reaching into the billions of dollars. So when that tax money gets divided, why does so much stay close to the state capitol nearly 500 miles away from where the money is made?

This week we’ve showed you how southern Nevada represents 75 percent of the state’s population and how 85 percent of the state’s tax revenue is generated right here where we live in the south.  

With numbers like that you’d think the south would come off better on the books but you would be wrong and here’s why according to those in the know.

Las Vegas is the city no one saw coming. It is the largest in the 20th century.

The little city that nobody saw coming got big and did it in record time.

But while the physical landscape changed, not much changed several hundred miles away in Carson City where tax dollars get divided.

And in that arena leaders like Sen. Bill Raggio of Washoe County saw fit to push projects benefiting the north as the money kept rolling in from the south.

It’s probably why—even though Washoe County represents 16 percent of the state’s population, their residents get nearly $2,000 per citizen in services each year.

Clark County receives $772 per citizen in services.

“I think there was a mentality go along to get along,” said Senator Mark Manendo.

And getting along—if you were from the south—meant often subordinating needs to get anything done under the considerable seniority of a man whose influence spanned from 1972 to 2011.



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