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f Focus: People oughe00 No Tyranny on In Pahrump ! Town Board Page2 Page l2 J C'the most ea _.A]erospape in .)V]e (ounl Pahrump Valley Gazette Thursday, January 2, 1997 Serving all of Pahrump, Nye, Esmeralda, and Death Valley Vol. XlIJ No. 21 Nye PETT loans violate NRS law by Brent Mathewson Gazette Staff NYE COUNTY-Contact with Nevada State officials hag revealed that the recent borrowing of payment equal to taxes (PETT) fund money-approved by the Nye County Commission in November and an additional amount in December of 1996 is in violation of the "Local Government Budget Act" ( NRS 354.470- NRS 354.626-inclusive). The penalty lor those in- volved in the violation, if convicted, would result in their removal from office or employment. The sticking point is the manner and procedure in which the loans were conducted. Nevada State Law (NRS 350.089) requires that any loans entered into from one fund to another that are not intended to be repaid within one year first be approved by the Department of Taxation State of Nevada. It is not the Department of Taxations' policy.to knowingly allow a local government to incur debt beyond its ability to repay. It is against Nevada Statute for a local government to do so. If the Department of Taxation deems that the violation is severe enough, it can result in the state of Nevada taking over fiscal control of the governing body. (NRS 354.685 and 354.695) Since early November, 1996, Nye County through actions taken by the Nye County Commission and Administration staff has obligated itself to 3 1/2 million dollars in debt that clearly appears to be in violation of applicable Nevada Statutes. Several Nye County officials have openly stated in public meetings that the chances of these loans ever being repaid are remote at best. The loans were allegedly orchestrated by the Nye County manager, Les Bradshaw, and his special assistant, Rachel Nicolson, with the tacit approval of Nye Countys' chosen independent auditor. Bradshaw and Nicolson are both attorneys. Violation of Nevada's "Local Government Budget Act" is a misdemeanor, but carries a heavy penalty and states in pertinent part, "any officer or employees of a local government who willfully violates NRS 354.470 to 354.626, inclusive, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof ceases to hold his office or employment." A multi-level investigation by Gazette Staff into alleged improprieties in Nye County fiscal control is ongoing and readers will be updated as it unfolds. Nicholson writes incriminating memorandum by Doug McMurdo Oazette staff NYE COUNTY - In an effort to seek the truth and report it, the Gazette has obtained an interoffice memorandum written by Rachel Nieholson and addressed to the Nye County Com- mission. The memo is dated September 19, two days after the commissioners created her controversial position as a special assistant to Nye County Manager Les Bradshaw. This memorandum was given to the Gazette by an elected Nye County official who told us Nicholson had no misgivings regarding our receiving it. The subject ostensibly addresses her termination from the District Attorney's Office effective September 11, 1996. The six page memorandum is incriminating in nature and admits to certain improprieties committed by Nicholson in relation to the multiple lawsuits filed by two California attor- neys on behalf of three present or former female employees of Nye County and their spouses.. Without disclosing specifics which would certainly com- promise the county's ability to defend itself in the lawsuit, certain statements written in the memo need to be addressed. Nicholson began her lengthy memorandum by thanking the commissioners for their decision to continue her employment with Nye County. Nicholson expressed that she has, "for the most part," enjoyed the almost four years she has worked for Nye County. Although Nieholson has stated Nye County District Attor- ney Bob Beckett has never informed her as to his reasons for terminating her commission, the embattled special assistant nonetheless apprises the commissioners of the "circumstances and issues surrounding my termination from the District Attorney's Office." This personal opinion suggests Nicholson Continued on Paee 20 Brunch 11am - 2pm$9.50 Children under12 Half Price