More taxes imposed to save rural county |

More taxes imposed to save rural county

CARSON CITY (AP) – Several tax increases aimed at ensuring solvency for White Pine County – the first in Nevada to have its finances taken over by the state – were announced Wednesday by the state Taxation Department.

The agency said that effective March 1 a government service tax collected in the rural county will increase from 1 percent to 2 percent of the value of vehicles registered in the county.

Effective July 1, the county’s sales and use tax rate will increase by a quarter of a percent to seven and three-eighths percent. Also starting July 1, property taxes will increase from $3.66 to $4.50 per $100 of assessed valuation.

A hotel-motel room tax increased from 11 percent to 12 percent last week.

A Taxation Department audit last year showed that White Pine, with a $7.2 million budget, would be almost $452,000 in the red by next June without additional revenues.

Auditors reported they had trouble sorting through the county’s accounting system to accurately determine its financial condition. However, an investigation found no evidence of criminally shoddy accounting.

The new taxes can be repealed once the current fiscal emergency ends, the report said.

White Pine County is home to about 9,000 people. About half live in and around Ely, about 240 miles northeast of Las Vegas and near the Utah border.

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