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6 Thursday, October 23, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette I I III II I I II i I i i I A r0000olution is brewing -- time to split Nye County Commissioner Dick Carver, Round Mountain, may be the only commissioner in Nye County to recognize that the time has come to do something about the North-South problem. Split the county and be done with it. Let's face it. Payrump is no longer a rural area. It is a city, plain and simple. The country life-style is going.., going.., gone/ The more people moving into Payrump (they say, for the rural life- style) are demanding more and more services. There's a real paradox for you. Rural life-style with city conveniences. No such thing folks. Can't have your cake and eat it too. The honest-to-goodness rural atmosphere does exist throughout all of Nye County, except the Payrump area which is just getting bigger and bigger. Now there's a school problem. Up north, the schools are doing fairly well. In Payrump there is a shortage of classroom space. More schools need to be built and the question becomes, "Where's the money going to come from?" The proposed construction tax was originally designed to place a school tax on new construction in the Payrump area. Buy a house in Payrump and you have to pay a tax for the schools. Well, this doesn't sit too well with the Payrump commissioners. Cameron McRae, for one, thinks the tax is discriminatory towards citizens of Payrump and believes the tax should encompass residents throughout the county. This is politician thinking at its best! If there's a problem with one person then let's pass a law that affects all persons. You see it everywhere, all the time. Laws, laws, laws. Taxes, taxes, taxes. The inability of the County Board of Commissioners to prepare for the expanding population in the southern county is their own fault. For years now, I and others, have been editorializing that the county commissioners and the Payrump Town Board had better start getting their act together. They have all maxed out at the "peter principle." The level of the problems in the county and in Payrump have exceeded the ability of our elected officials to solve them. Simple as that. Had the commissioners been concentrating on the development of plans for the expanding southern county, we might not be in the pickle we are today. But we seem to have just taken the attitude of setting these problems aside while we have taken on other issues that didn't even need to he taken on. Perhaps the best result of this is an influx of Iawsuits against the county that we'll be fighting for the next ten years. Meanwhile, the north county residents are trying to eke out a living making, for the most part, minimum wages and little or no benefits. The only exception to this is county government officials who make buckets more money than even the governor of this state. I I I II I I It's about time county government woke up to the fact that it's the little guy that's paying for all this, PETT monies aside. The PETT train will run out some day and then the little guy will wake up to what's going on. Might be an old-fashioned western style lynching in the works. The problems are too numerous, at this point, to really fix. The time has come to get rid of Payrump so the rest of us can go back to making a life for ourselves. Split the county and drop Payrump. Let me tell you the straw that broke the camel's back. There is a move afoot by Payrump residents to force "at-large" voting for county commissioners. If this manages to go through, it will kill the north. All commissioners will wind-up being from Payrump. Yup, all five of 'em. All other communities, from Amargosa to Gabbs are livid. There is county-wide talk to split the county and simply be done with Payrump. It will happen. There's going to be a literal revolution in this county and Payrump brought it upon themselves. The only question remaining is how to go about the split. It's a legislative function that must be done in Carson City. The next legislative session doesn't begin for several months yet and it is doubtful that this session will see such a bill placed before it. But, I predict, the following session will. There are other options for Payrump -- and you may as well start thinking about them because the north is adamant. They've had their fill of the southern community and the political shenanigans going on. Option #2: Annex into Clark County. Not likely to happen. Even our industrious neighbors don't want to have anything to do with Payrump. Option #3: Annex into California. Might not he a bad idea. If the politicians of Payrump want lots and lots of laws -- the People's Republic of California is certainly the place to go. While I could vent tons of anger, as those in the north are doing, there is actually a practical reason to split the county. The differences in the life styles and needs of those in the north and those of Payrump are so different and unique that the two need to separate to be able to work on these different types of problems. Truly rural (actually the term is officially frontier) folks have learned how to get along without all their roads paved. They expect a long trip to school. They expect to have more frequent power outages. They understand the Sheriff's Department may not get to them for a lengthy period of time, etc., etc., etc. The cityfied folks of Payrump find conditions such as these unnacceptable. They expect services to be within minutes. They expect the "golden platter." And for those of you who think I'm nuts about all of this m keep your eyes on the future. I On ........... Target by Joe Richards from the .Kingdom of Nye Whether you hate him or love him, he won't let you ignore him!