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Property tax shift considered for senior services

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Posted: Apr 03, 2012 3:47 PM
Property tax shift considered for senior services

Reno, Sparks and Washoe County governments may consider taking a penny in property taxes from animal control to help fund services for senior citizens.

The proposal was floated by Sparks Councilman Mike Carrigan during a joint meeting Monday of the local government bodies.

The Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/Hd4Wez ) reports regional animal control services has built up more than $5 million in reserves since a 3-cent tax rate for operations took effect in July 2003.

In contrast, the 1 cent tax for senior services was implemented in 1985.

Under the proposal, a penny from animal control levies would be diverted to senior services. Officials say the estimated $1.2 million would then be used as matching funds for state and federal grants.