City of Sparks to Hire New Police Officers, Firefighters

By: Lauren Garber Email
By: Lauren Garber Email

Sparks, Nev. - For at least the second year in a row, the City of Sparks is not planning any layoffs. In fact, they expect to spend more this year than last year, and even do some hiring.

That's thanks to the final vote on the Sparks City budget on Tuesday morning.

City Council members granted the request of the City Manager for a budget of $54 million dollars. That's up nearly $300,000 from last year.

The extra funding means Sparks will get 3 new police officers, 2 new firefighters, and another code enforcement officer.

"It'll help," said Sparks Mayor Geno Martini. "It'll make them a little bit better, and we'll have more people, more feet on the street, so to speak, and better patrol. And they'll catch more speeders and those kind of things, so it's all positive."

Despite the plan to hire more city workers, the City of Sparks reports losing $13.8 million dollars in revenue since last year.

For homeowners, property taxes won't change. And this year, the city won't contribute to their own Stabilization Fund, set up in case of a disaster or financial emergency.

Only one city council member voted against the budget, citing concerns about how the increased spending will affect the following fiscal year's budget.

The final budget for the City of Sparks will be officially filed on June 1st.

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