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State Takeover Of NLV Possible

NORTH LAS VEGAS (CBS) – The budget problems in North Las Vegas are worse than first thought, in fact, a takeover by the state may be necessary.  Tthe cash-strapped city is looking to patch an $8.6 million budget hole in the next few weeks.

The city is looking at two unpopular measures — layoffs and raising taxes.

The state takeover is still just an idea and nothing is set in stone. North Las Vegas’ mayor says she can fill the $8.6 million shortfall in two weeks. But that means more janitors, clerks and support staff will get laid off.

Two court decisions said police officers and firefighters can’t be laid off, even though the city built layoffs in both departments into its $125 million budget. Monday, firefighters agreed to take a five percent pay cut for six months to save jobs, but police have not said they’d make any concessions.

Besides personnel, North Las Vegas has two big expenses on its books — the new $100 million city hall that opens in December and a $300 million water treatment facility. It was even suggested both buildings be sold and leased back to the city to save millions.

The city will take up the issue at next week’s meeting.

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