Elko County Commissioner Cliff Eklund discusses county support for a Senate Bill sponsored by Nevada Association of Counties to authorize counties with a population of less than 100-thousand to enact a local 5-cent tax on diesel fuel for construction and maintenance of county roads. The proposal is estimated to generate some $1.9-million for Elko County, and if SB48 gains legislative support, would amount to about $8.2-million total for rural counties.
Also on “Elko Live,” the commissioner discusses county support for a presidential executive order to reduce fuel loads on public lands through livestock grazing. The resolution calls for nearly two-million suspended AUM’s to be reinstated on allotments administered by the BLM. President Trump signed the order on December 21, 2018.
County commissioners are also expected to signal reluctant support for creating a third Elko District Court. AB 43 will be introduced in the 2019 Nevada legislative session. According to Eklund, the county concern is with covering the estimated $400,000 cost to hire support staff for the new judicial department.