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Construction tax talks heat up at town board by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff PAHRUMP - Discussion of the contro- versial Bill #97-14, the proposed $1,600 construction tax aimed at helping the Nye County School District arose once again at the Pahrump Town Board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 28. Board Member Gary Hollis placed it on the agenda as an opportunity to relay his concerns that the tax was being thrown on the town too quicld(. "I have major pi:blems with this," he said. "According to the way this is written. apartment renters will have to pay an extra $1,600 per unit and developers might not get the extra financing or revenue they need." Hollis also said that the school district was seeking a $10 million bond issue on the upcoming ballot and that the money should come from that before it comes from those wishing to build in Pahrump. The $1,600 could make or break young people trying to buy a home and all that would add up to is slowing growth, he said. Resident Ray Hendrix agreed. He said he felt the school district concerns should have been paid for out of PETT (Payments Equal To Taxes) funds, but that the County Com- missioners had depleted the funds on other projects. "I say let it go to the voters," Hendrix said. "Many people want to help the schools. It would be a lot more inexpensive if everyone pays, not just the builders." County Commissioner Cameron McRae said that the tax would only affect new devel- opment and that remodeling does not apply. He said the commissioners' involvement is through statute. The school district asked for the public hearing and that thecommissioners are the vehicle for getting that hearing sched- uled. Board Member Steve Rainbolt said that the school district is desperate for money and that they need the $1,600 tax in addition to a potential bond. Continaed on  12 WICKED WITCHES---She's just one of the many scary apparitions to see at Ed and Norrell Bishop's haunted house at 7800 South Wildhorseln Pahrump. See related Halloween stortes on page 3, 11 & 18. Photo by Patti Babcock PSC hears consumer complaints by 4ndy Holtmann "We are just trying to do what would PVG Staff PAHRUMP - Residents in the Allen Es- tates and Desert Trails subdivisions made it clear Tuesday October 28, they will not tolerate rate hikes in their water and sewer bills. In a consumer session at the Bob Ruud Community Center, Desert Utilities presented its case to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for rate increases to cover past im- provement expenses. General Manager Dan Harris said that he and his father Hollis Harris, who owns the company, wanted to work out a fair and equitable proposal that would ensure everyone was paying their fair share for service. ultimately benefit everybody," Harris said. "We're definitely open to suggestions, that is what this meeting was for." Desert Utilities was formed in June of 1991, but did not make an impact until June of 1993 when they signed an agreement to purchase the Desert Irrigation Company. The system they took over was old and in ne of repair. The Harris' began improve- ments which included: enlarging a water storage tank and adding water lines. In February 1995, the Harris' instituted a $14.75 surcharge to their customers to help pay for a $70,000 loan received to cover expenses. Still, the company's ex- Continued on page 4 FORK IN THE ROAD- Traffic on Highway 160 near Basin Road slowed on Monday, Oct. 27 to get a look at this overturned forklift. The forklift was being towed by a Davis Lumber truck, when the driver lost control after apparently being cut off by another driver. There were no reported iuries. Photo  Andy Holtmann Pooket8 Nat & Mmr. let 8pro- KtalLutl00t Dress up oome on in.00