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County Commissioners canvass the vote for 2014 General Election.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen
PR 14-204

Reno, NV. Nov. 12, 2014. The following report highlights several important agenda items from the Washoe County Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Videos of County Commission meetings are replayed regularly on WCTV (Charter Ch. 193). You may also watch videos-on-demandonline.

Declaration of Canvass of Vote and Order for 2014 General Election: Item 5. As required by Nevada law, the Board of County Commissioners canvassed the returns from elections held in the County. The Board approved the proposed Declaration of Canvass of Vote and Order for the 2014 General Election.

Washoe County Registrar of Voters, Luanne Cutler, presented the Board with information regarding the Nov. 4 General Election.

Cutler said 51.6 percent of registered voters cast a ballot on Election Day. Of the voters that cast a ballot, 45 percent early voted, 9 percent absentee voted, and 46 percent voted on Election Day.

"I want to congratulate you, County staff and all the volunteers for their hard work during this election," said Washoe County Chairman David Humke.

Cutler said she thought it was a successful election thanks to everyone pulling together.

"It's incredible to see how many people make a successful election possible and I can never thank the endless amount of people who helped us throughout the process.”

Cutler said after uploading all early voting and Election Day results, absentee uploading was more difficult than usual. The County’s Technology Services Department and the software vendor worked together to access back-up data and after a short delay the results were successfully uploaded.

Responding to inquiries about the process to conduct a recount of an election, Cutler said she wants to make it clear that a candidate defeated at any election may demand and receive a recount within three working days after the canvass of the vote. She said Monday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m., is this year’s deadline.   

Cutler said if a candidate wants a recount, the following must take place: The candidate files in writing a demand with the officer with whom the candidate filed a declaration of candidacy; deposits in advance the estimated costs of the recount; the candidate selects five percent of the precincts in the candidate’s district that the candidate chooses to have recounted and submit that information with a demand. If, after the recount, there is a discrepancy of one percent or 5 votes reflected, the Registrar of Voters shall determine if the candidate is entitled to a recount of all ballots. Once the Registrar receives the demand for recount, the Registrar’s Office has five days to begin the recount and must complete the process within five days

Washoe County Assistant District Attorney, Paul Liparelli, said according to Nevada law, neither the Board nor the Registrar’s Office can demand a recount of a vote.

"If there is a recount, the candidate has to ask for one," said Liparelli.

For more information regarding a recount, refer to NRS 293.403.

Washoe County Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR): Item 8. Washoe County Comptroller, Paul McArthur, presented the CAFR to the Board. He said the County’s financial health has improved over the past several years, thanks in large part to the hard work of all Washoe County employees. McArthur said the General Fund, the County’s primary operating fund, is reporting an available cash position of $50.2 million, an increase of $10 million or 24.9 percent, compared to the previous year. He said the cash increase is due to a moderate increase in revenue and a stabilization of expendituresGeneral Fund revenues were $282 million, an increase of $10 million or 3.5 percent compared to the year before. He said most of the increases are attributed to the state’s improving economic conditions. General Fund expenditures were $254.2 million, an increase of $2.2 million, compared to the year before. McArthur said these positive economic indicators have him optimistic about the County’s financial stability in the future.

“Washoe County continues to provide strong financial leadership for its citizens,” said McArthur. “We are conservatively optimistic on revenue growth and will continue to closely monitor expenditures in the General Fund.”

The Board accepted the CAFR, auditor’s report and report on internal control for the fiscal year which ended June 30, 2014. The Board also approved the re-appropriation of $15,089,694 for fiscal year 2015 budget.

Grant approval for phase 4 of the Lake Tahoe Bike Path: Item 10. The Board approved a $1.1 million grant from the Nevada Division of State Lands, Conservation and Resource Protection for phase 4 of the Lake Tahoe Bike Path Project. The grant will help pay for the design and construction of several sections of paved connector path in the Laurel Dr. area and three miles of paved path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor along State Route 28 and a parking lot near the road.

When finished, the Lake Tahoe Bike Path Project will provide a paved path from Crystal Bay to Stateline.

Approval of Federal Lands Access Program funds: Item 11. The Board approved a $12.5 million Federal Lands Access Program Memorandum of Agreement for federal funding for the design and construction of improvements along the State Route 28 corridor from Incline Village to the U.S. Highway 50 junction. The funding will be used to increase safety, expand transportation options, and improve water clarity.

“This is the single most significant project on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe in decades,” said Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler (District 1).

The Federal Lands Access Program was established to improve transportation facilities that provide access to high-use Federal recreation sites. Lake Tahoe fits that criteria as 87 percent of the Basin watershed is under Federal control; it’s also the most heavily visited national forest in the United States.

Arrowcreek Open Space Fuel Reduction Project: Item 7.D.6. Washoe County received a subgrant award from the Nevada Division of Forestry in the amount of $24,000 to begin a fuel reduction project, on Washoe County Open Space lands adjacent to Arrowcreek Homeowners Association (HOA) property

The Arrowcreek Open Space Fuel Reduction Project involves the removal and thinning of brush to create a fuel break between County Open Space and the private development located within the community of Arrowcreek. Washoe County has worked closely with the Arrowcreek HOA and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to determine the highest priority treatment areas

The Project will increase firefighter and public safety, improve wildlife habitat and reduce hazardous fuels located within the Arrowcreek neighborhood on Washoe County land.

Donation to Washoe County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) for K-9 Unit: Item 7.G. Tedesco Pacific Construction, Inc. donated $2,500 to the WCSO K-9 Unit. The money will help purchase equipment for the Unit.

Board proclaims Nov. 10-15, 2014, as Northern Nevada Flood Awareness Week: Item 6. Washoe County has seen its fair share of floods from streams, rivers and creeks. In an effort to bring attention to the dangers floods can have on a community, the Board proclaimed Nov. 10-15, 2014, as Northern Nevada Flood Awareness Week. The Board asked citizens and organizations to improve their flood awareness by visiting