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City of Reno to hold Special Budget Workshop

Post Date:07/15/2014 2:43 PM

Today at 3 p.m. the City of Reno will conduct a Special Budget Workshop (view presentation here) in the Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall.

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 14/15 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 today’s workshop is to find funding for 21 (out of 50) firefighter positions in the short term for Fiscal Year 15 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 14 will be carried over to FY 15.
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