Reno Council Approves $444.5 Million Budget

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A $444.5 million budget approved by the Reno City Council includes money for 18 new police officers.

The council unanimously approved the spending plan Tuesday for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. The budge contains no property tax increases.

Earlier versions of the budget included money to hire six new police officers. But the council added $1.2 million to hire an additional 10 officers and two sergeants.

Twelve will be hired in August and the rest in January.

To avoid a property tax increase, the council cut overtime spending, delayed hiring some of the officers and counted on the retirement of three deputy chiefs. If that doesn't work, Aiazzi said the city could dip into reserves.

"One thing we keep telling our constituents is that growth is paying for the services they need," said Councilman Dwight Dortch. "But we are struggling to find the resources to pay for the services they need."

The budget also includes 23 additional firefighters, eight to be hired immediately.

The other 15 to staff a new station in the Double Diamond area will be hired in the last quarter of the fiscal year.