Thursday, April 30, 2009

Publication requirements would change

The Senate Taxation Committee heard a bill Thursday that would let officials around Nevada publish an annual list of property taxpayers and their property values on an Internet Web site rather than in local newspapers.

AB307 started out as a proposal that would apply only in Washoe and Clark counties, Nevada's population centers, but was amended to include all counties.

Assemblyman Paul Aizley, D-Las Vegas sponsored the bill, saying it makes more sense to publish public notices on the Internet.

"These days, there's nearly universal access to the Internet either in peoples' homes or in public libraries, so requiring to make the tax rolls available in print is redundant due to the Internet," Aizley said. "These are very tough economic times. All levels of government are cutting their budgets."

Aizley said that Clark County spends over $500,000 a year to print property tax rolls in the newspaper. Washoe County spends about $70,000 a year. He added that money and paper could be saved by allowing jurisdictions to publish information on their Web sites.

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