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Litigation over mineral revenues by Ann Smart Gazette Staff Assemblyman Roy Neighbors attended the County Commissioners meeting July 15 to explain Assembly Bill 283. This bill requires the federal government to pay a percentage of money it receives for the develop- ment of minerals on federal land to the state in which the lands are located. For every dollar the federal gov- ernment collects for the devel-   .. ::3 opment of minerals on fed-  ,- ! I4 ' N ,. eral land, 50 cents is re- /i  i  turned to the state. The // ......  ,tate of Nevada has re-  i: 'eived $158,413,682 in ,;..,,!   :; $i:.. ?:.>.,. :.*:::::::i ;,;. revenues from FY 1975-  i .:' t! /o to present. ' .... :::::::;:: Compensauonlncludes \\; :-: royames on o11, gas, geo- i! i:?J /" '::: thermal steam, sand and  .:'':'':  gravel, and geothermal hot wa- ter; rents for these lands and bonuses for lands with geothermal resources, oil or gas. Goldbr silver is not included. The first $7 million received by the state is allocated to the State Distributive School Account. These funds are dispersed directly from this account to individual school districts based on a formula that is "a basic support for each district minus funds produced by taxes. Some of the school districts in the areas where leases are located do receive more money per pupil because of the difference in the assessed valuation of the particular county," according to Brenda J. Erdoes, State of Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau. Neighbors had requested the bureau's review of the state's compliance in the disbursement of these funds in 1995. The $7 million level must currently be reached before any funds in excess of this amount are dispersed at the county level. The initial $10 million level was lowered to $7 million in 1995. Reaching these levels has been the problem in the past for counties to actually receive revenue. The proposed change, AB 283 with amendment, would distribute the total compensation into 25 percent to the State Distributive School Account and the re- maining 75 percent to the county of origin general fund account. The general fund allocation must be used for: a) construction and maintenance of roads and other public facilities; b) public services; and c) planning (NRS 328.470). Twenty- five percent of the general fund account is directed to the County School District. AB 283, as proposed to be amended, would not re- 95t'em n FREE Inspection I on all auto air aOO/o, I on I 00.pa00s I New & L I Used  I Tires 1 Available Honest Injn Automotive 4481 S. Money 727- 4626 duce the amount of money received by Nevada from the federal government. Insteat, it would direct that money to the counties in which the money is generated. Neighbors has challenged Nevada's compliance with federal laws in distribution of these funds. He believes 1. White Pine (6.28%) 2. Washo (0.42%) 3. Pershing (0.79%) 4. Nye (17.97%) 5. Mineral (0.06%) 6. Lyon (0.01%) 7. Uncoln (5.78%) $. Lander (1.55"/,) 9. Humbolt (0.04%) 10. Eureka (8.75%) 11. Esmeralda (0.42%) 12. Elko (2.55%) 3. Dongtas (o.oo) 14. Clark (3.04%) 15. Churchill (52.32%) Total: 8.1 .Ullion that Nye County has a right to bring litigation against the State of Ne- vada to obtain a fair share of these revenues. The commission unanimously passed three motions made by Com- missioner Cameron McRae that the district attorney's office: 1) file an. injunction against the state treasurer for not be- ing in compliance with federal law on distribu- tion of funds; 2) file a lawsuit to reclaim damages on funds not received; and, 3) inquire if other counties generating these funds would be interested in joining Nye County in the proposed lawsuit against the state. Funds are currently distributed as shown in the chart below: CURRENT LAW (NRS 328.450-470) f Initial $7 Million State Distributive School Account (SDSA) SDSA Total Compensation Excess of $7 Million . 25% 11 25% County School District Fund 75% I 75% County General Fund PRIMESTAR BY TSAT 1-800-449-1269 Programming Packages Starting at About a Dollar a Day!'" Tota a  s $ 9 CO sr  o nc:e any pTam ects,  rental costs Or install costs lo admel oets. LimEi  oer tO cre apt'oval Offer valid throug July 31, 1997 Cannot be corr,ned wrth any  01, Offer ava3e through selected d t'v'ls. 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