RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Reno City Council has agreed to cut nearly $1.5 million to fill the city budget gap for 2015.
Police hiring will be delayed as 13 officers scheduled for hire will not be brought on. "The 13 positions are really just attrition positions from retirements and things like that we have lost over the last six months," said Police Chief Steve Pitts. "We constantly adjust our work load and performance and our people are prepared, they are serving, Reno is safe."
More than $400,000 is coming out of police academy and emergency dispatch training.
The city council will also save $200,000 from the fire department through severance pay, fuel costs and operating capital reallocations. A Municipal Court Marshall will not be hired for one year, and more cuts could come to the budget.
"I personally have reached out to try to get the municipal and judicial courts to find money anywhere we can," said Council Member Neoma Jardon. "I certainly would encourage fire as well, as we are doing level best to save them, to come forward with some ideas of their own."
Fire and police are not the only departments getting hit by budget cuts, as almost $850,000 will be taken from remaining city departments. This includes one-time cuts to the winter ice rink, along with the tree maintenance program.
City council members are taking cuts to their car, travel and phone allowances and one-year hiring freezes are also set for open city-wide jobs.