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Board of Supervisors Meeting

The Board of Supervisors will take up the issue of the proposed one-eighth percent sales tax and infrastructure Plan of Expenditure on Thursday, February 20. Go to approximately five days before the meeting to view the agenda and supporting materials and see the approximate time at which the item will be considered. Or contact the Executive Offices at 887-2100 for more information regarding the item. 


Commercial Corridor Infrastructure Improvements: 

City staff has had discussions with various business and property owners over the last few months regarding improvements to the City’s primary commercial corridors to retain existing businesses and attract new business to the area, particularly once the freeway is completed and traffic on the City’s local arterial streets is further reduced. Plans for corridor improvements have been presented to the Board of Supervisors within the last few months, and downtown businesses and property owners have presented the 20/20 Plan for downtown, which includes the goal of improving the downtown per the 2006 Master Plan downtown vision.

The recurring theme from all the business groups is that investing in infrastructure to improve the business corridors will result in an improved business climate and therefore improved sales tax for the City. This will be accomplished by making the corridors more attractive and safer with improved lighting, accessibility, signage, landscaping, and other improvements of this nature. An important role of government is to provide an infrastructure that is conducive to business as well as an improved quality of life for all citizens.

Staff evaluated the cost of the proposed commercial corridor improvements as well as the potential revenue from the implementation of a one-eighth-percent (0.125%) sales tax. Staff has determined that the sales tax could fund the costs of the corridor improvements, assuming the use of other available revenue sources for the project.

With the City searching for funding sources to cover the costs of the new Multipurpose Athletic Center and new Animal Services Facility, the one-eighth-cent sales tax may be considered as a source of revenue to complete these projects as well.

Animal Services Facility:

The Animal Services Facility is proposed to replace the existing facility that was constructed in the early 1960’s. The proposed facility contemplates a 10,955 square foot building on a 1.6 acre site located at the City corporate yard on Airport Road. The facility will accommodate up to 134 dogs, 104 cats and 7 exotics compared to existing facility that can accommodate 32 dogs, 33 cats, and no exotics. The facility promotes adoption and provides City staff sufficient area to manage and shelter animals. The proposed budget for the project is approximately $4.0 million for building, site improvements, and contingency. Contributions are being received to off-set some of the capital costs.

Multipurpose Athletic Center (MAC):

The Multi-Purpose Athletic Center currently has approximately $5.7 million in Question 18 (Q18) funds available and current costs for the facility are estimated to be approximately $8.5 million. The project is 60% designed and plans can be completed to allow the project to proceed when funding allows. The MAC is proposed as a 41,500 square foot recreation and tournament facility. The project includes four high school sized basketball courts that can be reconfigured into two collegiate sized basketball courts. This court arrangement will provide for multi-purpose recreational uses that include basketball, volleyball, and futsal as well as other non-sport community uses. In addition to the courts, the facility has locker rooms, restrooms, a lobby, administrative offices, storage room, and an elevated walking/jogging track.

A smaller athletic facility could be constructed for the current budgeted amount of $5.7 million but would not be as functional, not meet city needs for future growth, and would not promote tournament play. The larger facility envisioned would be multi-functional and multi-generational and allow for tournament play which would provide enhanced economic benefits for the city by attracting out of area attendance which would increase sales tax. The design of the facility allows for future expansion.

The Futsal league has grown so large that it is the only league that is run in the Community Center during the winter besides a few hours of Youth Basketball on Saturday mornings. All of the other City leagues, adult and youth, are currently held in the surrounding middle schools.

The City currently offers contract classes that could use more gym time (e.g. Roller Derby), but at this point cannot be accommodated. City staff has hopes of starting a High School Recreation Basketball League, Adult Dodge Ball League, and Youth Dodge Ball League, but at this point, due to limitations on space, these programs are not feasible. If the full size MAC is built, all of these programs would be possible. Currently all of the City’s indoor programs are healthy and strong, but they are at their maximum capacity given the space provided. With the new facility, the City would have significant room for growth or additional programming.

Funding Summary:

Pursuant to NRS 377B.160(3), the one-eighth-of-one-percent sales tax may only be used for the construction of certain public infrastructure projects including streets and sidewalks, recreation facilities, public safety (e.g. animal control) or judicial facilities, water or wastewater facilities, flood control projects, schools, or cultural facilities. The one-eighth-percent sales tax may not be used for operation or maintenance costs, with the sole exception of floodplain facilities management or solid waste disposal facilities.

To use the one-eighth percent sales tax the Board must adopt an ordinance to implement the tax along with a Plan of Expenditure. The ordinance adopting the sales tax must specify the date of imposition of the tax, the specific purpose of the tax, and that the tax will remain as necessary so as to not impair any outstanding bond payments or other obligation which is payable from the tax. The tax cannot exceed one-quarter percent, has to be in one-eighth-percent increments and, since one-eighth percent has already been used to fund a portion of the construction of the V&T Railroad, only one-eighth percent remains. The law requires that the governing body develop a plan of expenditure and specify the projects within the plan that are proposed to be constructed.

The City can issue bonds or other obligations to fund the capital needs of the projects. The projects can be financed with bonds and/or other obligations that are secured in whole or in part with a pledge of the sales tax revenues. It is anticipated that bonds would not be issued immediately upon implementation of the sales tax since initial construction would not begin for approximately a year after implementation. Funds for the first year of about $0.5 million from the tax would be used for project planning and design costs. It is anticipated that two bond issues could be issued to support the projects. An initial bond of approximately $12.0 to $15.0 million would be to support the first round of projects followed a few years later with a bond of approximately $2.0 to $3.0 million or greater, depending on available bonding capacity, would support the next round of projects. Funding for the balance of the corridor program could possibly be paid with revenues on a pay as you go basis.

Overall funding through the one-eighth-percent sales tax would be approximately $11 million for the corridors and downtown, approximately $4 million for the Animal Services Facility, and approximately $2.8 million for the Multi-Purpose Athletic Center. By timing expenses, utilizing bonds, and using additional available funds from Grants the overall total for the projects are estimated to cost approximately $30 million. The projects will be designed to the available level of funding and will be designed to be added to in the future as funding though additional grants and sources become available. The majority of the anticipated Public Works portion of the funding is contained in current capital programs in Stormwater, Water, Sewer, and Streets Divisions for replacement and improvements.

Should the Board of Supervisors proceed with the process to implement the sales tax for these projects and then implement the tax, staff would then work closely with the applicable stakeholders to develop detailed plans that can be implemented within budget constraints. Significant design work has already gone into the MAC and the Animal Services Facility, but staff is waiting for a decision on funding to proceed with the detailed corridor design work. Only concepts and ideas have been discussed, to date. City staff would work closely with the property owners and businesses along the commercial corridors to develop final plans. 

City management anticipates that a City employee would be designated to oversee the one-eighth-percent sales tax project expenditures. The Board of Supervisors may also consider the creation of a public oversight committee—similar to that done for water and sewer rates—to ensure expenditures are made in accordance with the plan.

The sales tax of one-eighth cent is estimated to cost an average family approximately $12.50 per year. It is estimated that about 40% of the overall tax is paid by nonresidents and 60% by city residents. 

Commercial Corridor Conceptual Plans

The conceptual plans for the commercial corridors (download links below) were developed by City staff in order to show conceptual ideas for street frontage improvements along North and South Carson Streets, William Street, Highway 50 East (east of the freeway), and downtown, and to prepare cost estimates. The plans do not necessarily represent how any particular street section would be developed. If the project is approved, the City would seek additional input on the final designs to address specific business needs.

The downtown design concepts were developed with public input as part of the 2006 Envision Carson City Master Plan. Again, the designs shown do no necessarily represent the final roadway configuration but are included to show the overall design concepts that would be considered in the final project design. The recommended roadway section would include two lanes with continuous turn lanes for all side streets and no on-street parking on Carson Street. However, final design and lane configuration would be determined after additional public input. 

Click on the links below to download a PDF of the applicable conceptual plan section.  

N. Carson Street, freeway to Nye Lane
N. Carson Street, Nye Lane to Winnie Lane
N. Carson Street, Winnie Lane to William Street
S. Carson Street, Fifth Street to Fairview Drive
S. Carson Street, Fairview Drive to Koontz Lane
S. Carson Street, Koontz Lane to Spooner Junction
William Street, Carson Street to Saliman Road/Rand Street
William Street/Hwy. 50 East, Rand Street to N. Lompa Lane
Highway 50 East, N. Lompa Lane to Fairview Drive/College Parkway
Downtown Curry Street

Conceptual downtown plans
Downtown 01    Downtown 08

Downtown 11

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