CCSD Board of Trustees votes to approve $43.3 million in budget cuts

Gov. Sandoval discusses tax revenue that is expected to go to Nevada's education system, following a recent budget cut to CCSD. (Craig Fiegener | KSNV)

The Clark County School District Board of Trustees has voted to approve $43.3 million in budget cuts.

The cuts were needed largely because of the increased cost of employing teachers covered by labor unions, according to figures released by the district.

CCSD cut $1.6 million from its special education program and $975,000 from the school district's police department.

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“Cutting police? I had many emails last night that people have great concerns about our safety in the Clark County School District,” said trustee Kevin Child, about Thursday’s vote.

It’s still unclear how much of Nevada’s 10-percent excise tax on the sale of recreational marijuana will help the Clark County School District.

“We’ll see what happens, but I think the tax revenue that is generated will benefit education in the long run,” says Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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Marijuana dispensaries have until Aug. 31 to make their first payment to the state of the excise tax they’ve collected from July’s sales.

For 2017, the governor’s office has budgeted for revenue of $5 million monthly from the excise tax on recreational sales.

“My preliminary understanding is that the revenue is coming in at projections,” says Sandoval.

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