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259 could be laid off in cash-strapped North Las Vegas

Updated Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | 9:32 p.m.

North Las Vegas budget

KSNV coverage of approval of North Las Vegas budget, May 17, 2011.

The North Las Vegas City Council approved a $504.9 million budget proposal during a special three-hour meeting Tuesday night that could result in laying off more than 250 city employees.

The vote on the fiscal year 2012 budget was 4-1. Mayor Shari Buck was the sole dissenter.

The city faces a larger budget shortfall next year — $30.3 million — than initially anticipated, after state projections showed higher-than-expected losses of federal funding after the U.S. Marshals moved 250 inmates from the North Las Vegas Detention Center to a new facility in Pahrump.

Previously, the city had estimated a $22.6 million budget gap.

The elimination of some 259 full-time positions would affect about eight non-union employees, 154 Teamsters, 40 firefighters, 43 police officers, five Police

Supervisors Association members and nine temporary employees. The layoffs are expected to save the city $27.9 million.

The final number of layoffs, however, could be reduced if additional concessions are made by the unions.

With the council’s approval of the city’s third Budget Reduction Program on Tuesday night, North Las Vegas will have eliminated 892 positions since fiscal year 2009.

The pink slips are expected to be sent out in the next three to four weeks, city officials said.

In addition to the layoffs, the city will establish spending freezes, a 15 percent health insurance premium increase for city employees, as well as implementing 10 furlough days with no holiday payout.

The plan is expected to meet the short-term goal of leaving 6.2 percent of the General Fund budget in reserve. If the city were to fall below a 4.1 percent ending fund balance, the state could take a closer look at the city’s finances to see if it is making prudent financial decisions, city officials said.

The proposed budget, which is due to the state by June 1, will provide for the opening of the SkyView multi-generational center and the transition to a new City Hall. In addition, the budget will help keep open two of the city’s four pools this summer and pay for the maintenance of 3.5 miles of new trails.

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  1. Chunky says:

    Tough times require tough decisions. The city either doesn't have the revenue to support the services anymore or they were overspending to begin with.

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  2. Well at least the nicest building in town will be the half empty, way overbuilt new city hall building.

    I wonder if they will sit on the upper floors of that new tower and look down on all the crime going on right below them.

  3. At tonights NLV City Council meeting all we heard was how dangerous NLV is by the Police Union. The Police Chief Never said a word about danger in NLV. This seemed strange to me so I checked the FBI most dangerous cities list and guess what? NLV is rated 147, Las Vegas is 72 out of 260 cities. That makes Las Vegas twice as dangerous as NLV.

  4. It's time to dissolve NLV and merge it into Clark County. No need for a new City Hall, Jail, Offices Salaries, Politicians, etc......

  5. At least they did the budget. I don't think the state budget will ever get done.

  6. It's unfortunate that it's come to this. What's even more unfortunate when your Mayor is the one who seems to be out of touch with the situation. It unusual in this state when a Republican is so entrenched with both the Police Officers Association and the International Association of Firefighters (most of whom live OUTSIDE of North Las Vegas) that she sits there and pouts instead of working to build consensus, bring all Public Unions, not just the Teamsters to the table to negotiate settlements that will keep people employed and maintain some semblance of a quality of life in North Las Vegas.

    We need to encourage the thoughtful leadership of Councilmembers Wood and Cherchio, who seem to get the term "shared sacrifice." They didn't cause those problems, Mayor Buck and the previous City Councils, along with fired City Manager Gregory Rose, did. Wood and Cherchio are working to keep North Las Vegas a community of choice rather than a dumping ground.

    If the city of North Las Vegas does not clean up its act and soon, it may be time to petition the state to revoke the City's charter.

  7. One other thought - this is just the opening salvo. It's designed to create urgency with the Collective Bargaining units so that they come to the table for the good of the city. However, only the Teamsters seem to understand this.