October 23, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - For the first time in more than five years, Washoe County's new budget doesn't require any reductions in county services or cuts in wages or benefits for employees.
County commissioners unanimously approved a $287 million general fund budget this week for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Finance director Sheri Mendez says Washoe County's workforce has been reduced by 21 percent in the last 6 years. That means the county is now operating with 666 fewer full-time employees.
Mendez says the county's total budget is 40.5 percent lower compared to the 2007-08 fiscal year. General fund spending is on par with 2005-06 levels.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the new budget includes funding for 13 additional positions in the sheriff's office and eight more emergency dispatchers.