A day full of questions: County Commission tackles stadium proposal

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who has been a critic of the plan’s use of taxpayer money, is expected to voice her concerns today. 9/20/16 (Jeff Gillan | KSNV)

There were lots of questions today at the Clark County Commission meeting – all over the plan to build a stadium where the Raiders can play in Southern Nevada.

The governor has yet to set the date for a special session where lawmakers will have the final say.

Today, some members of the County Commission had to ask -- and answer -- a lot of questions.

The Commission is weighing in because they may have to carry out what state lawmakers decide at the State Capitol.

They would implement tax hikes. They would issue bonds.

Commissioner Chair Steve Sisolak sat on the tourism committee.

Last Thursday, the committee recommended raising room taxes to build a stadium.

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Build it, and we will come, say the Raiders, NFL-willing.

“And I’m happy to answer the questions, great questions. When you see the questions that the committee had, that the commission had, you know the amount of questions the public has,” Sisolak said.

Sisolak's colleagues had lots of questions about the package the tourism committee passed.

The plan entailed much more than just building a stadium.

It would also expand the convention center and boost the sales tax to hire more police.

Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick, the former speaker of the State Assembly, had questions -- lots of them -- especially, about police.

“I just want to make sure that we're getting officers in all the right places so that public safety is a top concern for everybody,” Kirkpatrick said.

The headline, of course, has been the stadium.

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is pitching in $650 million.

The Raiders and the NFL? $500 million.

The public - through a hike in the room tax - would pay $750 million.

It’s a big chunk that stadium backers say will pay dividends with jobs and an economic boost.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, a former assemblywoman, wants the private sector to pick up the full stadium tab.

“I don’t think the governor has the votes right now to pass this and so I think they're going to be cautious about how they really approach this,” Giunchigliani said.

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