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May 10, 2016 Victoria Hudman Backgrounder 702-757-5620
Where is the money from the sales tax increase going?
There are already extensive plans in place for the money for Washoe County schools if the sales tax increase is passed in Nov. 2016.
The top priority is to build a $30 million addition to Damonte Ranch High School, Washoe County’s most crowded high school. The second priority is to build two new middle schools costing a total of $110 million; one in the Sun Valley area and the other in the Arrowcreek area of South Reno. In addition to new schools, it is going to fixing old boilers, roofs, parking lots, and basic building needs.
The Washoe County Board of Trustees are going to give the Public Schools Overcrowding & Repair Needs Committee $781 million in bonds to renovate and build new schools. The debt from the bonds will be paid off within 20 years of the sales tax increase.
There has been debate that the money could potentially be going to payroll of school officials because grants from the county have been known to be used for payroll in the past but this proposal specifically prevents that, making sure all of the money goes towards construction and repairs.