Hiring Freeze Could Salvage Reno Budget

Reno's finance director credits two city policies for keeping the city in the black and avoiding the threat of five percent spending cuts that face Washoe County and the state of Nevada.

Andrew Green says a review of all hiring decisions has resulted in 348 job vacancies.

Green credits another policy forbidding city departments from spending the last two percent in their budgets until approved by City Manager Charles McNeely.

Green says McNeely plans to explain the city's financial position within a month for fiscal year 2007-08 and could have options for the council to consider if the revenue outlook worsens.

The general fund budget for most government operations, including personnel, totals just over 188 (m) million dollars in expenses this year, up from about 183 (m) million dollars in the fiscal year that ended June 30th.