City Supervisors enact 5 cent diesel fuel tax for next few years…then put it to a vote of the people
Carson City Supervisors have passed a 5-cent diesel fuel tax for the next few years so the city can get some much needed road repairs done around town. The additional tax raises about $400,000 a year in repair funds which one supervisor said “is a drop in the bucket” compared to the real needs for maintaining streets. Other supervisors say the state’s method of distribution of gasoline taxes tend to disadvantage smaller communities.
The five cent per gallon diesel tax hike will be engaged soon but it will self-expire in 2022 which will put the 5-cent tax on the 2022 election ballot to see if the citizens of Carson City want to continue with it.
Mayor Crowell pointed out that the means by which roads are built and repaired are being affected by America’s gravitating to low fuel consumption hybrid cars as well as NO fuel consumption electric cars – a trend that will become more dominant in the years, he said.
Supervisors learned that a substantially upgraded city shooting range will rise up out of the ground by next Spring as the city makes good on it’s promises to make the shooting range safer and more convenient to use. There will be more supervision on site and longer hours of operations. Supervisors were told a grand opening of sorts will occur in the April-May time window.
Opioid Settlement – Carson City declines settlement – to rely on a lawsuit
Carson City Supervisors Thursday were convinced by City Attorney Jason Woodbury to decline a settlement offer of around $230,000 from a mega-fund compiled by opioid manufacturers. The drug-makers are accused of oversupplying the nation with far larger quantities of opioid pain killers than were necessary, causing one of the nation’s worse outbreaks of drug addiction and over-doses.
Nearly 100,000 (and counting) over-dosed Americans have died.
The drug-makers are willing to offer every certified community nationwide nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help cover the costs of local law enforcement, paramedics and hospitals in saving the lives of those who over-dosed on their drugs. But Woodbury and the Board of Supervisors decided to decline the blanket deal. Carson City will join other cities and counties in filing individual lawsuits against the 10+ companies who are believed responsible for over-supplying the country’s most vulnerable population with highly addictive drugs.
To be continued….