City of Reno to hold Special Budget Workshop

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Updated: 7/15/2014 1:05 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The City of Reno will conduct a Special Budget Workshop in the Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release from the City of Reno.

The public workshop became necessary as a result of the June 24, 2014 ruling by District Judge Lidia Stiglich to grant a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit between International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), Local 731, and the City of Reno.

In the original Fiscal Year 2014-2015 budget that was adopted by Reno City Council on May 20, the City of Reno was approved to lay off 33 firefighters on July 1. The district judge’s injunction blocks the layoffs, which forces the City of Reno to reassess its current fiscal year budget. Prior to the budget adoption, Council presided over two public Budget Workshops.

Seventeen (17) firefighter positions out of 50 that were previously funded by a federal SAFER grant were retained and intended to be a permanent part of future budgets. Recently, one full-time position in the Reno Fire Department retired, and 11 other firefighters volunteered for a Public Safety Early Retirement-Resignation Program that was approved by Council to help mitigate the financial effect of the proposed layoffs.

The focus of Tuesday's 3 p.m. workshop is to find funding for 21 (out of 50) firefighter positions in the short term for Fiscal Year 2015 and potentially beyond. The City needs to reallocate nearly $2 million that was previously budgeted and approved for other expenses. Staff will recommend to Council various options for reallocating these costs in the General Fund. Additionally, one-time savings in the Reno Fire Department of $468,738 for Fiscal Year 2014 will be carried over to Fiscal Year 2015.

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TheGumption - 7/16/2014 6:51 AM
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Granted the City mismanaged its budget but the firefighters were funded with temporary grant money. When the grant goes away so do the positions. Now other employees may lose their jobs to pay for these temps. Who cares about these other employees who weren't being paid with temporary money as long as the fire union gets it's way, right? I've lost all respect for the Reno Fire Department. You're a disgrace to an honorable profession.

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