The advisory votes, the lone remnant from a Tim Eyman anti-tax measure several years ago (the rest of the measure was tossed out by the courts) are an embarrassing waste of time and money for voters and election officials.
The capital gains tax could eventually be overturned by the courts. But it won’t be because of the meaningless advisory vote.
- Voters overwhelmingly approved eight of the nine county charter amendments, defeating only No. 6, which would have created a department of diversity, equity and inclusion. It’s not surprising that amendment No. 6 was rejected; anything having to do with diversity is a hot-button topic these days. But it is interesting that all the others were approved in landslide votes.
The Clark County Republican Party, in an article on its website, had urged the rejection of all nine amendments. Phrases such as “We must stop this!”; “This is insane”; and “Stop the gerrymander!” colored the opinion piece. Either Republicans were not listening to their county leadership or not many of them bothered to vote.
- Proposition No. 10, a county tax levy that would have paid for police body cameras, was defeated — perhaps because the measure did not mention body cameras. It was a measure to fund juvenile detention facilities and jails, which then would free up money for body cameras.
Regardless of the reason it failed, county councilors should not view it as a referendum on body cameras and should find a way to pay for the devices.
- Five cemetery district commissioners were on the ballot, and each of them featured only one candidate. We are grateful for anybody who runs for elected office, but why are cemetery commissioners elected positions? I know, I know, it’s state law. But the Legislature might want to reconsider this one.