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Reno City Council Approves Plan to Fund 15 Firefighters

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The Reno City Council met Wednesday to consider the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The council voted to finalize a plan to retain 15 firefighters and keeping the number who will be laid off at 35.

Next week, the council will consider whether to add two additional firefighter positions to the general fund, reducing the layoffs to 33.

Today the council also approved reducing fees for special use permits, and approved $100,000 to go toward the parks and recreation and community services departments.

The adoption of the budget will occur at a tentative budget hearing on May 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The hearing will further cover the fee schedule as well as the Special Assessment District and tax rate adoption.

Background on SAFER grant:

On April 7, 2014 the City of Reno was informed by FEMA that its 2013 SAFER grant application would not be awarded due to funding limitations. The City’s 2013 application was for a two-year period, July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016, which would have provided funding for the salaries and benefits for 50 current Reno Fire Department (RFD) personnel in an annual amount of $5.6 million. Currently, these 50 grant funded firefighters are being funded through the 2011 SAFER grant program, which expires on June 30, 2014.
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