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Giunchigliani highlights challenges of Las Vegas economy

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Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani addresses a crowd in a ballroom at Gold Coast Casino on Oct. 8, 2013. (FOX5) Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani addresses a crowd in a ballroom at Gold Coast Casino on Oct. 8, 2013. (FOX5)
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In a crowded casino ballroom, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani took the podium to update the community on the Las Vegas economy. She touched on the recent rejection of the Sheriff's proposal to raise the tax rate to hire more cops.

"Right now, the Sheriff has $139 million in funds. He should use that to start hiring up then come back to the commission with a plan. The plan is, who are you going to put where? how many supervisors do you have now? how many folks, when times where good, did you take off the streets that can now go back out to the street?" said Giunchigliani.

This comes after a new crime report, released by the FBI, which names Nevada as the second most dangerous state in the country - registering about 16,000 crimes for it's 2.7 million people. A big concern for local homeowners.

"We are not talking about just the homeowners association, but we are talking about property values on your home, my home. It's really important for us to come together and work out solutions," said Cameron Clark, a volunteer with the Community Association Institute of Nevada.

Solutions similar to what the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors are reporting in their recent statistics - fewer foreclosures and short sales.

"Southern Nevada is seeing homes rising for the last 19 months and demand is exceeding supply. We do have projects on the strip and smaller housing tracks are being built," added Giunchigliani.

The topic of education was also addressed. The commissioner says education should remain a priority to fight the low dropout rate. She says only 22 percent of young adults go on to seek a Bachelor's degree.

"We are still one of the lowest in that area as well. Issues that impact Nevada to attract new businesses start with an educative work force. The Las Vegas Valley, in my opinion, is still a wonderful place to live. We still face challenges but we will bounce back," said Giunchigliani.

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