Building Incentive's Appeal Is Unlucky Break For Las Vegas

<p>A highly favorable tax incentive for green building in Las Vegas could cost the city up to $50 million per year -- an unintentionally high price tag for a program few were expected to take advantage of.</p>
July 13, 2007, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"A Nevada state assemblywoman had an idea in a flash: Encourage green building in Las Vegas by offering a tax break. How much of a break? Oh, say 50 percent – to make it attractive."

"Three years later, the break has proved too attractive. The 'flash of inspiration' could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars."

Legislators are now looking to scale back the incentive.

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Published on Thursday, July 12, 2007 in NPR
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