CLARK COUNTY QUESTION (Mount Charleston 911)

Mount Charleston residents will decide whether to pay a little more in property taxes for a local 911 call system.

The system would enable residents to dial 911 directly for police, fire and emergency medical services. Residents’ 911 calls now often go to a nonemergency operator before being routed to an emergency dispatcher.

The new system would show the caller’s address and phone number on a computer screen to aid in locating the emergency.

Authorities also could use the system as a reverse directory to notify residents about fires, impending storms, landslides and other emergencies.

The Mount Charleston Town Advisory Board sponsored the ballot question.

To pay for the call system, property taxes in this unincorporated town would be raised by a half a cent per $100 assessed value, totaling about $4 a year for an average home.

If 51 percent or more of voters favor the proposal, the county would establish the 911 system.

Proponents say the tax increase is nominal for boosting public safety. Having the caller’s address identified on a computer will help ensure rescue teams know where to go when a child, a vocally impaired person or a visitor unfamiliar with the area is unable to give an address.

Opponents say any increase in property taxes is too high in the current economy. They also contend that the system is designed to locate land-line calls and that many of the area’s residents are on wireless service.

Contact reporter Scott Wyland at swyland@reviewjournal.com or 702-455-4519.

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