Protests From Residents Exceeded State Mandated Number To Halt Process
Last week city of Las Vegas staff completed the review of responses to a proposal to annex several “county islands” inside city boundaries. County islands are areas of unincorporated Clark County completely surrounded by the city limits. The proposal would have brought these parcels into the city’s jurisdiction so that the residents in these islands would be paying the same in taxes as city residents. Currently residents in these islands pay among the lowest property taxes in the entire county.
The results of the responses were that 77 percent of the parcel owners in these areas protested, and there was also a 78 percent protest by assessed value. Both of these numbers exceeded the state mandated figure of 50 percent in protest.
For the annexation to move forward it would have required that less than half of the parcel owners in those two categories protested the city’s initiative. Based on the final results submitted by those property owners within the islands, the annexation process for these parcels will stop, and the city will not pursue annexing these islands at this time.