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Rural Economic Activity Boosts Nevada Taxable Sales By 7.2 Percent In March

By Sean Whaley | 3:07 pm May 29th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nevada’s taxable sales jumped 7.2 percent in March over March 2011, but the state’s two largest urban counties showed more sluggish growth, the state Department of Taxation reported today.

Taxable sales totaled $3.9 billion in March, driven by Nevada’s rural counties where large energy and mining projects helped boost the numbers overall. For the fiscal year to date, statewide taxable sales are up 7.5 percent.

Clark County was up only 1.9 percent in March, and Washoe was up only 3 percent.

But White Pine County posted a 672 percent gain in taxable sales to $161.3 million compared to $20.9 million in March 2011. Several other rural counties associated with mining also showed strong increases, including Elko, up 16.4 percent; Esmeralda, up 50.1 percent; Lincoln, up 74.5 percent; Lyon, up 71.4 percent; and Pershing County, up 41.5 percent.

Fifteen of the state’s 17 counties showed gains in taxable sales in March.

The utilities taxable sales category, which would reflect energy project activity, was up 431.7 percent in March.

State Taxation official Brody Leiser said that without the utilities related purchases in White Pine County, the state as a whole would have been up only about 3 percent in taxable sales in March, a figure closer to the gains reported in Clark and Washoe counties.

A $225 million wind farm project is being built by San Francisco-based Pattern Energy in White Pine County. There is also a major transmission line project being built from the county south to Clark County.

Photo by Leaflet via Wikimedia Commons.

Mining activity around the state has also increased with the high price of gold.

Major taxable sales categories showed mostly gains in March.

The motor vehicles and parts dealers category was up 15.8 percent; building material and garden equipment-supplies was up 34 percent, clothing and clothing accessory stores were up 7.9 percent, and merchant wholesalers-durable goods were up 5.6 percent. Food and beverage stores were up 7.6 percent, furniture and home furnishings were up 11.8 percent, accommodations were up 21.1 percent, and food services and drinking places were up 0.8 percent.

The construction industry continued to be negative, and was down 16.4 percent in March. General merchandise stores were also down in March, by 6.2 percent.

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Brody Leiser of the Tax Department says White Pine activity fueled the March taxable sales increase:

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Leiser says categories related to mining include machinery manufacturing and merchant wholesalers-durable goods:

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After Tiff, Republicans Offer “Minor Tweaks” To Redistricting Proposal

By Andrew Doughman | 4:46 pm May 3rd, 2011

CARSON CITY — State legislative Republicans have changed their proposals for new state Assembly districts.

The boundaries of some proposed districts were altered today after Assembly Minority Leader Pete Goicoechea, R-Eureka, publicly criticized Senate Republicans for their maps.

“We tried to resolve their concerns,” said Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Gardnerville. “We heard their issues and concerns and sat down with them.”

Goicoechea said earlier today that the “minor tweaks” to the maps satisfied him.

“They made us a lot happier,” he said.

The amended maps show more boundaries that run along county lines in rural counties and in Washoe county.

Settelmeyer said these changes would mean rural legislators would represent fewer counties. That change allows lawmakers to travel to fewer county meetings in districts that already span hundreds of miles.

The Republicans’ proposal for Clark County Assembly districts largely stays the same.

The two Republican caucuses had drawn separate maps, but Assembly Republicans decided to shelve their proposal after a lawyer recommended that they keep it private.

The lawyer said the proposed map did not correspond with the federal Voting Rights Act, which governs how racial minorities are treated in the redistricting process.

Goicoechea said they would go along with the Senate’s proposals and adopt those as their own.

The proposed maps now also show streets, highways and bodies of water, which should make it easier for Nevadans to analyze the districts.

The updated maps also show district numbers that reflect the current numbers. The earlier maps had changed every district number, which means that no legislator could be deemed an incumbent or use the word “reelect” in a campaign.

Settelmeyer said the original intent had been to ignore incumbents and purely look at data while drawing maps.

Now that the maps are out, however, the numbers have been changed back, he said.

“It makes it easier for people to understand which numbers are which, so it helps eliminate some of the confusion,” he said.

The Nevada Legislature must draw new political districts every 10 years following population statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The updated proposals can be viewed here.