For every $2 million in ‘More Cops’ taxes,
Metro has added only one officer

Department has increased its force by only 325 officers
since 2005 — one-quarter of the 1,278 promised

Since the More Cops tax was passed in 2005, amid all kinds of promises, Metro in fact has bolstered its force by only 325 officers.

It's the latest personnel report submitted to Las Vegas Metro’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs — and included within its October 24 agenda — that especially sheds light on this remarkable fact.

Here are the calculations:

In 2005, on the eve of the More Cops Sales Tax Initiative, Metro’s force was comprised of 2,251 sworn officers.[1]

Through October 11, 2016, according to Metro’s own personnel report — provided Monday to its Fiscal Affairs Committee — the department’s active force had only marginally increased, to 2,576 officers. This includes positions funded through both Metro’s long-standing general fund and the newer More Cops fund.

This 325-officer net-gain constitutes only one-quarter of the 1,278 more cops that Metro projected as a result of the tax.

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Fiscal, Labor, Transparency

Metro wants lawmakers to
believe in ‘magical number’

Staffing claims by LVMPD sheriff contradict 15 years of Metro’s own violent-crime data

Arguing for yet another Clark County sales-tax increase ostensibly dedicated to hiring more police officers, Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told state lawmakers Monday that two officers per 1,000 residents is a “magical number” for police staffing.

While national authorities on appropriate police staffing levels almost universally criticize use of such ratios, Lombardo never acknowledged that consensus.

Instead, he pointed to the years immediately after the enactment of the “More Cops” Sales Tax Initiative and argued that the increased hires it permitted had forced crime downward.

Said Lombardo:

“Specifically, the years 2007 through 2011, that’s where we crested that two officers per thousand, and if you look at the crime numbers in Clark County, directly associated to that crest of two officers per thousand, you can see that [crime] is decreasing.

“And then after 2011, with the population increase and the downfall of the economy, and the inability to hire folks, [crime] started to increase. So I’m a firm believer that cops make a difference.”

Shortly thereafter, Bill McBeath — Cosmopolitan CEO and Chairman of Metro’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs —testified remotely from Las Vegas, echoing Lombardo:

“When you see the delta between when we did hit the two per thousand and the reduction in crime rates, and you see the increase in crime rates as we went away from it, there’s a linear relationship. This is not subjective.”

However, actual violent crime numbers reported by Metro do not support what Lombardo and McBeath told lawmakers.

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Fiscal, Nevada

CATO Institute gives Nevada Governor an ‘F’

Calls Sandoval’s heavy taxes for all businesses, with big breaks
for those favored by politicians, a ‘prescription for corruption’

LAS VEGAS — A national report card on fiscal policies pursued by America’s governors has rated Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval one of the worst governors in the nation.

The free-market oriented Cato Institute, in its 2016 edition of its annual fiscal-policy report card, notes Sandoval “came into office promising no tax increases,” but then, after getting safely reelected, “made a U-turn in 2015 and signed into law the largest package of tax increases in Nevada’s history at more than $600 million per year.”

“The worst part of the package,” wrote economist Chris Edwards, Cato’s director of tax policy studies, “was the imposition of a whole new business tax in Nevada, the Commerce Tax.”

Noting that the “new tax has numerous deductions and 27 different rates based on the industry,” Edwards also points out the tax “is complex, distortionary, and hidden from the general public.

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Transparency an item for sale
by Metro PD’s officers union?

LVPPA agrees to equip all officers with body-worn
cameras — contingent upon salary increases

Updates to federal labor law
burden Nevada business anew

Some employees see new requirements as demoralizing demotions

Metro pushes for even more ‘More Cops’ taxes

Enlists powerful tourism committee in bid for higher, longer taxation

What happened to Metro's
‘More Cops’ promises?

Extra tax revenues channeled into bank, record-level pensions

Nevada’s shrinking labor force —
the view from inside small business

Labor force participation rate among Silver State youth lagging

Metro’s ‘More Cops’ spending policy unclear
even while agency pursues more funding

Despite multi-millions already on hand, LVMPD remains focused on money worries

Does Tahoe’s North Shore fit the profile
of a job-hungry, low-income community?

Assurances given lawmakers about offices’ locations
didn’t mention a $17-million Tahoe private mansion

Even fallback assurances from lobbyist
for NMTC ‘jobs’ program don’t check out

Tax-credit scheme passed by Nevada lawmakers has history of soaking taxpayers

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