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,New construction tax requested to finance schools WINNING READERS-(L-R) Anthony Martorano, 9, Anthony Meli, 9, Jacob Smith, 3, Jamie Horton, 12, and Grand Prize winner Seffra Daley, 6, found gold at the end of the reading trail when they won the drawings at the culmination of the library summer program, photos by Patti Babcock Small road causes big concern by Andy Hokmann The room at Bob Ruud Community Center was packed with people at Wednesday's Pahrump Regional Planning Commission meeting, half of them showing up to voice their concerns about big plans for a small road. Jerry Wang, of Forum Group Limited was recently approved for a parcel map for his Oasis at Shangri-La subdivision that crosses both HighwaY 372 and Happy Lane. When the map was approved, no changes were planned for Happy Lane. Wang was then allowed to ex- pand the proposed RV park he had planned. To accommo- date traffic, Wang wanted to abandon Happy Lane be- tween Schifrin Street and Highway 372. Wang would then construct another road that wound through his parcel map beginning from Highway 372 and exiting on Woodchips Road. Residents in the area who have been using Happy Lane as a connector street are upset at the new plans, saying that getting rid of the portion that they use to get them between Charleston Park Ave and Highway 372 will make it harder by Patti Babcock Gazette Staff PAHRUMP- A tax on all new residential construction could be used to help finance new classrooms, Geraldine Harge told the Nye County Commissioners during their regular meeting Tuesday in Pahrump. The Superintendent of the Nye County School District said State Assembly Bill number 198, amending Section 1. NRS 387.331, allows counties with a population less than 40,000 (revised up from 35,000) to impose a tax of $1,600 (increased from $1,000) on all new construction to help finance schools. School Board Member Richard Scanlon, of Pahrump, followed with a request to the Commissioners to enact an ordinance imposing the maximum $1,600 fee on all new construction in the Pahrump area. Scanion said the growth is here now. "We can grow like a tree, tall and strong, or we can grow outward like a cancer with Pahrump being the cancer cell that could contaminate the county," he said. Addressing the tax, Scanlon said, "We are talking about people who haven't built yet. We're talking about providing seats for stu- dents." Scanlon said 270 new classrooms are needed in the Pahrump area to accommodate the 7,395 students pro- jected by the year 2005. The money would be deposited in the school district's fund for capital projects and would be spent in the area where it is collected according the NR$:Seanlon said developers would benefit from the tax because develop- ment is slow to take off outside the nucleus where the schools are located. He said residential construction would grow in areas where new classrooms would be provided. At least one developer disagrees with Scanlon. Tim Hafen, realtor and developer, said the implications of the new tax and a number of other things need to be considered during the public hearings (for the new tax ordinance). Hafen said he hadn't seen a realistic needs plan. "How much is school income increased because of the ad valorem tax? How much is school debt increasing? These things need to be looked at," Hafen said. How much of the $1,600 tax, about three-quarters of a million dollars, would be sucked out of the economy? Every $100 you raise costs eliminates buyers, Hafen said. Continued on page 26 to access the area. Ron Williams brought the issue before the planning commission and directed them to make a recommendation to the Nye County Board of Commissioners as to whether Wang should be allowed to abandon the street. The public had already made up its mind. "Right now, Happy Lane is the only road we can use when it rains," said resident Tom Corcoran. "If you take that street away, how do you expect ambulances and fire Continued on page 26