Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman called again for overhauling Nevada’s tax system Tuesday, proclaiming that “we have to have the courage to declare what kind of society we want.”
Goodman said he’s directing city staff to recruit a bipartisan panel to present ideas to the City Council. He made his remarks at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve during the annual State of the City address, which was mostly dedicated to recognizing city projects that meet high environmental standards.
The mayor outlined this position in November during discussions with Gov. Jim Gibbons over cutting the state budget. As was the case then, Goodman wouldn’t discuss specifics Tuesday and called only for an open dialogue.
Even that might put city leaders in the line of fire because tax policy is set higher up the political food chain.
“We’ll be criticized, perhaps, for sticking our nose into other people’s business,” he said. “We’re asserting ourselves into the solution.”
Goodman emphasized that he hadn’t discussed his idea with other council members and said that provided them some “cover.” Not that they necessarily wanted it.
“I thought it was bold. I thought it was fantastic,” Councilman Steve Wolfson said. “These are not problems that are unique to our area of the state. I’m all for having the discussion.”
Councilman Ricki Barlow also said he would support the initiative.
“I believe that we should take a look at it. There’s possibly something we may see where we can correct it or do better,” Barlow said. “I can’t see anything dangerous about looking at something that we believe possibly is broken and seeing how, in fact, we can fix it.”
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