Sabra Smith Newby will start work as Reno’s new city manager on Monday, May 8, 2017. She was the unanimous selection of the Reno City Council following a national search conducted by Reno’s recruiting consultant. Newby is replacing former city manager Andrew Clinger, who was let go during a sexual harrassment probe, which subsequently found insubstantial evidence to support the charges.

Newby comes to Reno from an assistant county manager job in southern Nevada’s Clark County. Her two-year contract, which includes a $200,000 annual salary and a variety of enhancements, was approved on a 5 – 1 vote by the Reno City Council. The dissenting vote came from Councilman Paul McKenzie. Councilwoman Neoma Jardon was absent.

Newby will commute from Las Vegas until her children finish school in June, then move to Reno.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal.

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.”

The Nevada State Capitol building is appropriately located in downtown Carson City, the first and only capital city the Silver State has had since statehood on October 31, 1864.

The original structure was completed in 1871 and housed all branches of state government. Over the years it was expanded, then other homes were built nearby for the Legislature and Supreme Court. The state’s constitutional officers, including the governor, still have offices in the historic building.

In addition to housing working government offices, the Nevada State Capitol building is a worthy tourist attraction. It is beautifully maintained in its original Neoclassical Italianate style and an excellent museum with history of the building and Nevada is located on the second floor. Visitors can take self-guided tours through the building or arrange for a guided tour (requires advance arrangements). The building is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and closed on holidays. The grounds surrounding the Nevada State Capitol provide a park-like setting and are worth time to explore. While in Carson City, you can also visit the nearby Nevada State Museum, located in the old Carson City Mint.

The 79th (2017) Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature is currently in session, making this a particularly interesting time to pay a visit. There’s no telling who you might see in the way of local and state politicians. For more information, refer to “Nevada State Capitol Building and Museum.”