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6 Thursday, May 22, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette They'll be going after your pocketbook Disaster Prediction: Nye County is going uniter With the recent revelations over Nye County's budget crisis m and yes, it is a crisis-- I cannot help but wonder what future actions are going to be taken by our great commissioners. It will prove interesting since most of them were on the Board of County Commissioners and got us into this mess in the first place. Bob Davis, Tonopah, and Bob Revert, Beatty, were not part of the money tree that has constantly bloomed in commissioner meetings. But, money has been scattered over just about anyone, or group, that has approached the commission for it. To give the devil his dues, it's not easy to say "No" to the fine organizations that approach the commissioners. Senior centers, libraries, museums, hospitals, abuse hot-lines, etc. It's not easy to send these folks packing home with nothing. Unfortu- nately there is no water to sprinkle the money tree with this year. The tree isn't going to bloom. The bottom line is that the commissioners have taken irresponsible actions in the past and it is coming back to bite them in the hind-quarters this year. A lot of us could see that coming and I certainly can't think of how many times I have stated so on this page. The real sign of trouble was when they started dipping into PETT money that hasn't even been received yet. I know, I know. Hindsight is easy. But, dog-gone it, many have seen this coming for a long time. Except perhaps our own commissioners. I predict a very shaky future and one in which the taxpayers in this county will have very little say. Precedent is already being set. And it started with the great flood in Reno. Yes, the flood of the Truckee River. (Have I confused you? Read on.) The state was caught with its pants down when the Truckee over- I flowed its banks and inundated Reno with of the floods it has one greatest ever experienced. Washoe County officials are now scrambling to see to it that they're never caught in such a fix again. The result is a variety of bills hitting the Legislature to allow Washoe County to raise the sales tax a quarter-cent. That will raise about $11 million a year. The county can also immediately borrow 10 times that much in the form of bonds against this tax. Clark County also has gone after this approach and it has been recently approved for commissioners there to raise the tax. Here's the kicker though. The county officials want to get this tax without the approval of the taxpayer. They consider the situation an emergency and want the money regardless of how the taxpayer feels about it. They say that they don't want it on the next ballot because it maybe too late. "We could have a flood 'rlf so, that's condescending to the public. If the counties can make a strong case, that's fine. But if the public doesn't want it after government has explained the need, that's the way it is." Tom Cargil, UNR Economist (quoted from Reno Gazette.Journal) or natural disaster between now and then," said Washoe County Commis- .. sioner Grant Sims. ' | Reno has three "top priority" projects that it wants to apply these infrastructure monies to. One of these is a big police and fire training facility. Huh? What's that got to do with flood control? What's that got to do with infrastructure? Feel the shaft coming folks? Don't think for a minute that Nye County commissioners aren't keeping a keen eye on what happens here. I predict that before long they will be lobbying the legislature for an emergency tax increase, without public input. You and I know darn well that if it's put to a vote, the voter is going to send a very loud message back to the commissioners. "You got us in this mess and nearly everyone, except yourselves, saw it coming. Guess where you can go." I predict that all of this is going to happen. Mark my words. There's a bad spin-off to all of this. Many f'me organizations, if they don't start looking elsewhere, are going to fold up shop. They had better start looking for other ways to raise money because the county. coffers are drying up fast. If you're a member of an organization that has relied on money from the county in the past, if you're a sharp manager, you'll start!ooking around and get your group together. Whether it's special fund-raising events, state help, federal grants, etc., you'd better get started now. The early bird will catch the worm. If your organization just sits around and does nothing, it's going to fail. Get to work now and you may save the future. Military justice is to justice what militao, music is to mttsic. Target by Joe Richards from the Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him!