March 28, 2017
Starting on April 1, 2017, the Washoe County sales tax rate will increase from 7.725 percent to 8.265 percent. That will make it the highest sales tax rate in Nevada, surpassing previous front runner Clark County.
Proceeds from this increase are specifically restricted to only fund Washoe County School District projects for the acquisition, construction, renovation and repair of school facilities.
This sales tax increase was presented to the voters as Washoe Question 1 on the 2016 General Election ballot and passed by almost 57 percent. There is no sunset clause – the tax is permanent unless voters decided to get rid of it at a future election.
For more information about taxes in Washoe County and Nevada, refer to “Reno and Nevada Taxes.”
February 8, 2017
The 79th (2017) Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature is now in session. It began on Monday, February 6 and will end on June 5. The Nevada Legislature meets every other year in the state capital of Carson City for 120 consecutive days. This time frame is set by the Nevada constitution. Otherwise, special sessions can be called by the governor or by two-thirds of the legislature.
In the 2016 election, both Senate and Assembly flipped from majority Republican to majority Democrat. The governor and all other state constitutional officers are Republicans elected for four years in the 2014 election. It will be interesting to see how well this group plays together.
For links to more information about the Nevada State Legislature, elected members, legislative process and more, refer to “Nevada State Legislature in Carson City.”
January 28, 2017
Since Nevada’s first ever medical marijuana dispensary opened in Sparks in 2015, the industry has taken off in the Silver State. There are now no less than 11 such businesses between Washoe County and Carson City. Some are locally-owned operations while others are outlets attached to bigger outfits with stores in other parts of the state, particularly down south in Clark County (Las Vegas and vicinity). For a list of these medical marijuana dispensaries, addresses and phone numbers, refer to “Medical Marijuana in Reno and Sparks.”
Medical marijuana in Nevada will soon be joined by legal recreational pot. The “Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana” was passed by voters in the 2016 general election. It is anticipated that retail stores will begin opening around the end of 2017, once regulations and enforcement measures are in place. This should happen in a timely manner since the biennial Nevada State Legislature will be in session from February to June, 2017.