October 1, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County commissioners are considering
more staff reductions and other measures in an effort to avoid continuing cutbacks year after year.
Tuesday commissioners will take up a proposal to eliminate 118 positions. Of those, 11 would involve layoffs, 86 employees would
be offered early buyouts and the rest would come from eliminating positions that are currently vacant.
The reductions would bring to 887 the total number of positions eliminated over the past four years.
County employees also are being asked to make permanent wage or
benefit reductions totaling 7 percent for this fiscal year.
And given the region's slow economic recovery, fiscal staff is recommending suspension of cost-of-living raises for the next five
years. County employees haven't had a cost-of-living raise since