Las Vegas, North Las Vegas likely to start sharing one jail
North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The City of Las Vegas and the City of North Las Vegas will likely start sharing one jail.
Las Vegas City council members approved the plan in a unanimous decision 7-0 this morning.
The North Las Vegas city council will likely approve the proposal in a meeting at 6pm this afternoon.
The interlocal agreement for inmate housing would allow NLV misdemeanor offenders to be housed in the Las Vegas City jail.
"This is two large cities in the State of Nevada working together to help solve their problems," said Las Vegas Councilman Steve Ross about his decision to vote in favor of the agreement.
North Las Vegas estimates they'll save $11 million next fiscal year and $16 million thereafter.
Las Vegas could net $6.8 million annually.
The deal would be for the next 5 years.
"The public will not even see this happen, we will make this happen seamlessly," said Sergeant Tim Bedwell with the North Las Vegas Police Department.
Police and city managers from both cities say the sharing of a facility will not hinder operations.
There will be no shortage of space assured Bedwell by saying, "If you get the opportunity we will find a place for you in a jail somewhere in the valley."
The plan is intended to help solve North Las Vegas' 33 million dollar deficit and to retail jobs for some correction officers.
64 jobs will be saved although about 80 positions will be cut.
The merger will likely happen at the beginning of July.