RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A different direction may be emerging on the Reno City Council as the city deals with tough budget challenges.
The city has been locked in an ongoing legal battle with the Reno Fire Fighters Association over the layoffs of 32 firefighters, but that fight may be on a different course.
This fight will have new attorneys on board. The City Attorneys will take on this case, because two council members refused to continue the city's contract with the private law firm, Fisher and Phillips.
To continue the contract, the vote had to be unanimous and it was not. Discussion about paying the firm up to $600,000 became contentious, and in the end, Reno Mayoral candidate Hillary Schieve and Councilmember Oscar Delgado voted to stop the contract.
This debate and decision followed an injunction by a Washoe District Judge that temporarily halted the city's firefighter layoffs that was supposed to happen July 1.
After the vote, Schieve and Delgado explained their votes. "I think at the end of the day, no one really wins," said Schieve. "I mean, public safety isn't winning, the city of Reno isn't winning. The only one that really wins at the end of the day is the attorneys."
"We had an attorney client meeting earlier that morning, where we asked the simple question, 'Do you see an end game to this? where are we at with this,'" added Delgado. "There wasn't a defined time line and so that really worried me."
Both Schieve and Delgado said they do not support any lay-offs at all, but it leaves at least a $3 million budget gap in the budget. The big question is what would get cut.