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Budget Deal in Washington Pays Off in Washoe County

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Washoe County officials were among those holding their breath wondering if Congress would decide on a budget deal. And they did. And that $1.1 trillion budget will avoid another budget shutdown. It will also mean that the sequestration cuts local officials were bracing for, won't happen.

"After five years of sequestration cuts, we were ready," says Washoe County's Assistant County Manager, Kevin Phillips. "We had to be ready. And yes we are relieved. But really, we have made a lot of consolidations over the past five years. And we have found a lot of efficiencies. Now we can refocus on the future."

Those efficiencies are paying off. But everyone seems to be relieved to be able to change course a bit.

"Here at Senior Services we went from 43 employees down to 25," says Director Grady Tarbutton. "And we'll hold on to a lot of the efficiencies, but we are relived to be able to add a few people back in. And because so many seniors have qualified for help through the Affordable Care Act, we have money to actually expand a few services here."

So come February 10, the Meals on Wheels program will be able to deliver two meals a day to those in need.

Written by Erin Breen

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