Budget battle continues in North Las Vegas
The budget battle in North Las Vegas continues. More layoffs may happen if the city and unions can't come to an agreement. Video by ktnv.comvideo
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The city has already handed out 200 pink slips as part of an effort to close a $33 million budget gap.
About half of those went to officers in the North Las Vegas Police Department.
NLVPD says that they can't afford to lose any more officers because the ratio of public safety workers to residents is already among the lowest in Southern Nevada.
So, the city of North Las Vegas has been trying to get the police and fire unions to make more concessions.
Since they haven't been able to come to an agreement, the city is now trying to temporarily suspend raises, holiday sell backs and uniform allowances.
The city has the right to do that under state law. But, the president of the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association says that is not the answer.
If the city and unions can't come to an agreement within the next week, the city manager says he will take his plan to suspend parts of contracts to the city council on June 1.