Panel OKs bill polling voters on whether to dissolve Ely

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 15, 2015 at 11:41 a.m.



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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Assembly committee has approved a measure that would let voters within the tiny city of Ely weigh in on whether to dissolve their city.

The Assembly Government Affairs Committee voted 8-6 on Friday to pass SB238, which was sponsored by Republican Sen. Pete Goicoechea.

The measure would create a 2017 advisory ballot question to break up the City of Ely and instead form a town that would be governed by White Pine County.

Goicoechea and county officials said the measure would save money by reducing duplicated government services, like separate district attorneys and fire services. The measure was amended to become a non-binding advisory question after Ely city officials strongly opposed the measure.

Ely has a population of about 4,000 and lies in eastern Nevada.

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