a service of the Nevada Policy Research Institute

a service of NPRI

April 20, 2005 
Vol. 1, No. 9

Proposition 13-style tax limits
fuel discussion

By Erin Neff

The director of the California taxpayers group spawned by Proposition 13 said Tuesday the climate might be right in Nevada to try a similar tax limit measure.

Jon Coupal, executive director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, instructed a group of conservative business and political operatives just how they should go about such an initiative even though the Legislature might have taken some of the wind out of the movement's sails by capping residential and business property taxes.

"Whether or not you can reach critical mass here in Nevada again, I really don't know," Coupal said during a Nevada Policy Research Institute luncheon at the Las Vegas Country Club.

Assemblywoman Sharron Angle, R-Reno, has vowed to launch an initiative drive mirroring California's 27-year-old voter-approved proposition. The majority of state lawmakers say a new law [more]

Growth Task Force Follies

By Doug French

The Clark County Community Growth Task Force has completed its work, producing a hefty 190-page report. Affordable housing is listed as Clark County’s number one priority.

Yet, instead of restricting its focus to policies that would aid builders in the development of housing that is affordable, the growth task force is suggesting “workforce” or “inclusionary” housing ordinances that, if implemented, will actually cause the dream of home ownership for low-to-middle income families to vanish.

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Task force members correctly noted that the “high cost and decreasing availability of land and other factors” are behind the shortages and rapidly rising prices of the homes that would be needed to meet the community’s affordable housing needs.

The task force also discussed positive ways to increase the amount of affordable housing. Speeding up the process for disposing of federal land to private owners, examining construction defect litigation, and streamlining permitting processes to reduce costs, were all mentioned.

But task force members also suggested that the “larger community” might like to explore requiring that inclusionary housing provisions be inserted into master development agreements, and that subdivision ordinances mandate “dispersing lower income households throughout the community.”

Inclusionary housing rules require developers to sell a certain percentage of the homes in their projects not at the market prices, but at below-market prices. Yet the designated inclusionary units must blend in with, and cannot be segregated from, the market-rate units. [more]


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