Voters in casino town to decide cityhood question

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Voters in the Colorado River casino town of Laughlin are deciding whether to become a city or remain a distant cousin to Las Vegas, 100 miles away.

Everyone expects large turnout for Tuesday's cityhood vote.

It revolves around whether Laughlin's 7,000 residents would be better served by a local government, or should keep relying on a Clark County administration already responsible for some 2 million residents.

The city would take in vast vacant areas generally south of State Route 163 between the California and Arizona state lines.

Some in Laughlin say they pay too much in taxes to Clark County and for Las Vegas police.

State taxation officials say a city of Laughlin could result in costs doubling for animal control, planning, police, fire, parks and public works.

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