The Nye County Commission is proposing increases to various fees for the county’s brothels.
A business impact statement was prepared by Nye County to address the proposed amendment to the county code that would make changes to the prostitution ordinance. Among the changes would be an increase from $5,000 to $7,000 in the application fee used for background checks, the quarterly registration fee for brothel workers would increase from $125 to $150, and $150 would be charged annually for all other employees.
Last year Nye County’s revenues from licenses and work cards were $155,000, and the county anticipates a $25,000 increase in revenue per quarter based on five active brothel licenses. Commissioner Butch Borasky said the county hasn’t raised brothel fees in more than 20 years. An attorney who represents Sheri’s Ranch Brothel said the fiscal impact would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and wants proof that the increases are necessary.