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'More cops' sales tax approved by commission

Posted at 10:38 AM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 22:12:40-05
UPDATE: Clark County commissioners adopted a plan to enact an additional sales tax to fund more police officers on Tuesday. The plan was passed unanimously 7-0. 
The tax would allow for more than 300 new officers to be hired across the valley, including more than 60 on the Strip.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo said because the Las Vegas Strip is a potential target for terrorism, it's important to have more boots on the ground.
"It's a continual issue that we deal with but its very important for people to understand that it is a threat," he says.
The .1 percent tax would take effect in April, but it could take a year for the department to be fully staffed.
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- The first vote of the day for the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee was a unanimous one.
SNTIC voted to recommend  .1 percent sales tax increase to fund local police departments.
The extra money would have its biggest impact on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas, but would also help add more police in residential areas.
After voting to increase the sales tax, the committee began discussing the proposed NFL stadium.
They have been a few hang-ups when it comes to the deal for the proposed $1.9 billion NFL stadium.
The first is between County Commissioner Steve Sisolak and UNLV President Len Jessup over a proposed payment to the university.
That payment, which could be as high as $3.5 million a year, is supposed to offset lost revenue for closing Sam Boyd Stadium.
The issue is whether that payment should be made before building up a reserve fund to guarantee the county can pay off bonds.