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Reno city council votes to layoff 35 firefighters

The layoffs became necessary after the city lost a federal grant that was to fund 50 firefighters next year; city staff found enough money to retain 15 of those jobs

Reno Gazette-Journal

RENO, Nev. — In a 5-2 vote, the Reno City Council today authorized laying off 35 firefighters despite pleas from the fire union and homeowners to preserve the jobs.

The layoffs became necessary after the city lost a federal grant that was to fund 50 firefighters next year. City staff found enough money to retain 15 of those jobs, largely by paying off a bond used to purchase city hall. Funds used to make those bond payments will now pay the salaries of those 15 positions.

But available city funds still fell short, meaning 35 firefighters will lose their jobs on July 1. Councilman Dwight Dortch, who made the motion to proceed with the layoffs, said firefighters are overpaid and that the union should agree to salary concessions in order to save more jobs.

Full story: Reno City Council votes to lay off 35 firefighters

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Tony Martin Tony Martin Thursday, May 01, 2014 8:35:17 AM Over paid??? I guess that is why most of all your Firefighters, Ems, and Police officers have to have a part time job cause we are over paid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike Conger Mike Conger Friday, May 02, 2014 5:17:04 AM Article said average compensation and benefits was 122K. Would live to know what all went into those calculations.
AJ Zuccarelli AJ Zuccarelli Friday, May 02, 2014 12:51:20 PM I believe healthcare, paid time off, pension, and overtime are all factored in.
Rich Richhart Rich Richhart Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:44:21 PM This rag of a media outlet (Reno Gazette Journal) reports such ludicrous information. Truth be told, the layoffs aren't necessary as the city manager publicly stated two weeks ago. The budget can pay for the firemen but they simply are choosing not to! The city of Reno staff didn't "find" money to keep 15, we had 15 retirements! The city had 3 years while utilizing the SAFER grants to figure out long range funding of their fire department and they failed miserably! They didn't plan at all and expected the local union to roll over and except the layoffs! The same 35 guys were laid off 3 years ago. Our union members gave back roughly 15% of our pay as the council requested to save jobs yet they took the 15% and still laid our members off. The city of Reno council members would rather increase their rainy day fund from a state minimum of 4% to over 7%, gave away nearly one million to dozens of local organizations, are hiring Reno police officers and other unnecessary city positions, not collecting millions in taxes from our local minor league baseball stadium owners, have entertained an idea of offering the local private ambulance company $450k to staff a browned out fire station with an ambulance (even though the private ambulance company made roughly $32 million last year), councilman states fireman make too much, $118k all benefits included, yet all the councilmen make $111k for a part time seat at a desk!!!!
Johnny Marini Johnny Marini Friday, May 23, 2014 1:54:18 PM Shame on the City of Reno!

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