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Two Nevada measures on collision course as one advances

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May 24, 2011


CARSON CITY, Nevada: A 2012 ballot-certified Sports Arena Initiative, currently under litigation, is facing another opponent, this time in the form of a ballot measure.

Also known as Senate Bill 495 (dead link), it was introduced on March 28, 2011 as a response to the certified sports arena ballot measure. The proposal would prohibit a special tax district in the state. Also, the bill would prohibit the creation of an area in which the sales tax was higher than other parts of the county.

The measure was introduced by the Senate Revenue Committee, and according to State Senator Sheila Leslie, chairwoman of the committee, if approved by the Legislature, the bill would be placed on the 2012 ballot as a competing measure to the sports arena initiative. Leslie also stated that the proposal that received the most votes in the 2012 general election would win.

That competing measure advanced in the legislature, as on May 23, 2011, the state senate voted in favor, with a tally of 39 to 3.[1]

The proposed sports arena initiative would implement what the second measure would prohibit: specifically the initiative would impose a 0.9 cent sales tax in a taxing district near the proposed arena. The revenue would finance bonds to construct the 20,000 seat arena.[2]

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