But it might be reaching farther back than most.
With an additional $87,000 in cuts proposed to county commissioners on Monday, the department will have slashed its budget by about 41 percent since the recession hit in 2007.
That figure brings funding in line with 2001 levels and staffing totals down to their lowest point since 1994.
Code compliance and business licensing staff have seen the greatest layoffs.
As a result, the ability of department personnel to expeditiously process development permit applications has seen a noticeable depreciation.
In addition, the frequency of planning commission, board of adjustment and citizen advisory board meetings has been reduced in an effort to generate savings, albeit minimal.
Almost the entirety of the $87,000 in cuts comes from leaving the assistant county manager, Dave Childs, in the role of acting director. No permanent replacement will fill that position for at least the first six months of the new fiscal year, beginning July 1.
But the county’s budget crunch also means there are no available funds for professional certification courses and conferences for staff to attend.
These are the known impacts. What is unknown might have the greatest repercussions.
As state government looks for ways to push down services and costs to the county level in order to close its own multi-billion dollar deficit, community development officials have expressed concern that socially expected services might suffer long-term hits.
Housing programs, environmental reviews, natural resource planning and emergency operations support are perhaps subject to the chopping block.
Other state legislative impacts include possible withdrawal from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a proposal that seems to be considered nearly every time the Legislature convenes.
Finally, outsourcing and consolidation plans have become necessary considerations, as more cuts are likely to come once the state budget is passed.
Department officials said they “cast a pretty wide net” in addressing the possible impact of the state’s budget on county services.
Reporter’s note: Read about proposed cuts to the Washoe County finance and manager’s offices in Saturday’s edition of the Sparks Tribune.