A struggling economy has lead the City of Sparks to tighten its belt another notch. Friday morning 13 members of the city's Community Development Department were laid off. According to city manager Shaun Cary, the move, which is the second round of lay-offs since March, is the result of declining development revenues.
As the country's housing slump causes development projects to stall, Sparks has seen a significant decrease in permit requests. Those permit fees are what keep the department running.
Department Director, Neil Krutz says it will continue to offer all the same services, but turn-around times will be significantly longer. Krutz says the city is working to help place they 13 people who have been laid off. For now they will remain on two weeks of administrative leave, allowing them to retain their benefits with the City through September.