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Proposed sales tax hike for more officers goes to county

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The big news to come out of the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee meeting Thursday concerned the proposed Las Vegas NFL stadium, but there was more on the agenda.

Committee members also voted on a proposed tax hike in order to put more police on the streets.

The Clark County Crime Prevention Act of 2016 is aimed at preventing terrorism in one of the busiest tourist corridors in the world. It will now make its way to Clark County commissioners. A public hearing will precede a final vote.

If passed, additional police officers would patrol the Strip and downtown Las Vegas.

“It’s a different world we live in when it comes to terrorist threats,” Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said. “They want a visual presence on Las Vegas Boulevard, standing, patrolling, making tourists feel more comfortable.”

Funding would come from a 0.1 percent sales tax increase.

“So we’re going from 153 [officers] to 273 present on Las Vegas Boulevard. It’s an enormous increase,” Sisolak said. “The remainder would be put in neighborhoods where the sheriff thinks they’re needed the most.”

Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo presented the plan, along with maps of the targeted areas, Thursday. Lombardo previously said more officers would help to combat Las Vegas’ recent spike in violent crime.

“It will go a long way. I don’t think we could ever have too many police officers,” Sisolak said. “It will make progress with the staffing issue. It obviously takes a lot more to solve everything.”

Police staffing would also be increased in Henderson, North Las Vegas and Mesquite.

“I think you’re gonna notice more officers, not the 0.1 percent in sales tax,” Sisolak said.  

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