Washoe County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved next year’s budget, but warned that as more details become available regarding the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, additional measures may be required to ensure financial stability.
County officials say the anticipated use of the $15.8 million fund balance from the previous year helped balance the general fund.
Washoe County’s general fund of $355.6 million will be almost $6.6 million less this coming year than 2020. Also, its fund balance is projected at 13.6 percent, compared to 14.6 percent the previous year. The county’s policy is to keep its fund balance between 10 and 17 percent.
The $714.6 million budget for the upcoming 2021 fiscal year includes a net increase of 13.7 full and part-time equivalent positions.
Next fiscal year starts July 1.
Additional positions consist of three sworn sheriff’s deputies to handle homeless issues, four health district appointments and one judicial role. There are also seven dispatch positions that require an inter-local agreement with area municipalities.
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.