Washoe County Looks At Budget Cuts

Washoe County officials are mapping a plan to cut $14 million from its fiscal year budget because of a decline in sales taxes.

In setting its budget earlier this year, officials relied on a projected 4 percent increase in sales taxes for the fiscal year that ends June 30th.

But analysts now are anticipating a 3 percent drop in revenue.

Finance Director John Sherman is to present a new budget in early November.

Commissioners want to try to trim costs without affecting essential services.

Measures could include leaving vacant positions open, reducing leased office space, offering early retirement to workers and cutting back on vehicles and cell phones.