City council modifies budget for 2015

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Updated: 7/16 10:38 pm
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.
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Truthbetold - 7/17/2014 1:24 PM
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If Dwight Dortch is so good at throwing employees salaries into open forum, let's look at a few more: DWIGHT DORTCH '09 - $86,075.14 '13 - $116,205.52 SHARON ZADRA '09 - $87,175.14 '13 - $121,749.64 ANDREW CLINGER '11 - $140,881.52 '13 - $266,996.61 ROBERT CHISEL. '13 - $200,435.35 KATE THOMAS '11 - Mgr of Mgmt and Budget - $19,620.39. '13 - Dir. Of Mgmt and Budget - $164,844.28 In 2 years increase salary of $144,000 How come their salaries have risen while no one else in the city has been given back their concessions they gave back since '08? "Do as I say, not as I do" or all smoke and mirrors? 1 city manager and 2 assistants make $727,865 a year 18 city attorneys in 2013 made $2,328,505 These numbers are off the transparent nevada website that our local National Enquirer (RGJ) fought so hard to get out to the public. I find it very disturbing as a taxpayer that the city of Reno just agreed to rehire the high priced, out of town lawyer when we have so many staff attorneys already and combined, make over $2.3 million! Are those council men and women going to sit there and tell the tax payers of Reno that $2.3 million won't pay for a couple of those attorneys to brush up on contract law and be utilized in labor negotiations? It is disgusting that on Tuesday, local swim team athletes made their way down to city hall hoping to sway council from closing anymore local swimming pools and the very next day, council approves to spend even more money on out of state legal council!! What a slap in the face to the citizens who trust this council to run OUR city!

Reality Check - 7/16/2014 6:19 PM
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As the city trims its budget to make ends meet, Council Member DWIGHT DORTCH yet again collects another pay raise! FY 2014/15: $1223.00 increase from 2013. Per Transparent Nevada, Dwight's salary has gone up 35%. From 2009 to current Dwight's total pay has gone up $30,126.30 for a grand total of $116,205.52 for a PART TIME JOB. Police, Fire, Parks, Admin continue to take hits while Dwight scams the system.
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