County to consider sales tax increase

TONOPAH — County commissioners will consider increasing the sales tax one-half percent during a 10 a.m. meeting here Tuesday.

The Nye County sales tax is currently 7.1 percent. County voters narrowly passed a ballot question in 2006 approving the sales tax increase, half of the funds would go to the sheriff’s department, half to rural fire departments. The Nevada Legislature passed a bill authorizing the sales tax increase in 2007, but it was voted down by the county commission in December of that year. Just recently, commissioners Aug. 20 voted down the sales tax increase again, but the item was brought back to the agenda by Commission Chairman Butch Borasky.

In other business, commissioners will consider enforcement action against Karl Mitchell, whose conditional use permit to house exotic animals on property owned by Ray “The Flagman” Mielzynski at 6061 N. Woodchips Road was revoked.

An addendum to an employment agreement with County Manager Pam Webster is up for approval. The commission will consider extending her contract for two years with no increase in pay.

Commissioners will consider accepting a U.S. Department of Justice grant to start a drug court program in Tonopah under the consent agenda, in which a number of items seen as non-controversial may be approved in one motion.

A date will be set for a public hearing on a bill amending the county code regulating motorcycles.

A number of planning items will be considered.

Rockview Dairies wants to divide 8.63 acres into three 2.15-acre parcels and a 2.16-acre parcel in Amargosa Valley. Round Mountain Gold wants to divide 152.5 acres into a 151.75-acre parcel and a .75-acre parcel in the Hadley subdivision, along with requests for waivers on road improvements and providing contour information.

Another Round Mountain Gold request is to subdivide 47.7 acres into a 40.52-acre parcel, a 4.27-acre parcel and a 2.92-acre parcel, which involves naming three new streets. Richard Lee and Andrea Lee Gardner want to subdivide .93 acres in Beatty along with a waiver of requirements to provide contour information and building setbacks.