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Reno avoids layoffs in its final 2012-13 budget
by Tribune Staff
May 15, 2012 | 914 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The City Council approved a $295 million budget for 2012-13 on Tuesday after hearing public comment and a presentation by City Manager Andrew Clinger.

This is the first budget in five years with no lay-offs, no cuts in services and stabilized reserves, according to city officials.

The adopted budget focuses on maintaining core city services and continues large necessary infrastructure projects, supporting senior services, increases fleet maintenance to begin catch-up on backlog, increases capital improvements, keeps pools operating at their current hours and focuses on public safety.

The budget includes a fully staffed fire department and employs 12 new police officers, set to begin work in October.

The council eliminated the increases to fees associated with the Consumer Price Index. Additionally, the proposed budget includes funding for the Triage Center at the Community Assistance Center, the Nevada League of Cities, midtown parking strategy, Artown and reducing fees associated with renting four city facilities.

City departments will continue to hold the line on expenditures, decrease overtime and identify savings. The city of Reno is operating with the lowest staff per capita in more than 10 years, at 4.8 staff per 1,000 residents.

The budget now must be submitted to the state for final approval.

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