Win, NV US:Voter City Incorporation–Or Not–Keeps Officials At Bay

LI fans are spreading the mini-archist  idea that once routine city incorporation/uncincorporation–or not–can be used by voters to consciously to better choice and rights, and lower costs of services. Now HuffPo is catching on that it isn’t accidental.


LAS VEGAS — Voters in the Colorado River casino town of Laughlin rejected a proposal to become Nevada’s 20th incorporated city on Tuesday, choosing libertarian ideals and promises of low taxes over neighbors’ hopes to break out of the tourist shadow of much larger Las Vegas, 100 miles away.

The vote was small, 962 to 729, but turnout was exceptionally high. Almost 64 percent of 2,653 eligible voters cast ballots on the question that would have forever changed the tourist town that has some 7,000 permanent residents but swells with winter snowbird vacationers and weekend getaway gamblers from nearby California and Arizona.

“You’d expect that,” Larry Lomax, the Clark County registrar of voters, said of the Laughlin numbers. They nearly quadrupled turnout of a little more than 16 percent countywide. “They had a big question to answer.”

The vote revolved around whether the community would be better served by a new local government, or by continuing to rely on a distant county administration that serves some 2 million residents…

…City lines would have enveloped vast vacant areas of desert and hills generally south of State Route 163 between the California and Arizona state lines.

But Laughlin’s key casino strip along the river, which attracts recreational vehicle tourists and boaters and generates hotel and casino tax revenue, would have remained remain in Clark County jurisdiction for police, fire and other services. The Fort Mohave Indian Reservation off U.S. 95, Needles Highway, would not have been part of the new city.

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