UPDATE: A transcript of official statements is available here.
A call to action was issued by the City today.
There’s a $10.9 million budget surplus, and Mayor Hillary Shieve is asking for public input on how to spend it.
While the City’s rainy day fund is at $0, options for the surplus may include more funding for public safety — police and fire — paying off debt and adding to the rainy day fund.
Plans to either spend the money by June 30 or allocate the money for future expenditures must be made in May, said the City’s Director of Finance and Administration Robert Chisel.
We need to know “sooner rather than later,” he added.
Public input was stressed in the process.
There will be “no action without public input. It’s time to listen to our citizens,” Shieve said.
She added: “There are no plans to replace the Arch.”
A reason for the surplus was the increase in new companies coming into Reno, more jobs and an improvement in the economy, Chisel said.
Citizens may submit comments to the City and mayor through social media or through Reno Direct: http://www.reno.gov/residents/reno-direct.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor, and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011, where he completed a dissertation on social media, journalism and crisis communications. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time research appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.