For the past several years, Washoe County government's budget has been reflective of the national and local economy. Since the County relies on both property tax and sales tax revenues for nearly 80% of its total general fund revenues, a steady decline in both these sources have had serious consequences on our budget and our ability to provide public services.
We have reduced the general fund budget by almost $62 million over the last six years, which is an 18% decrease. Employees continue to forgo cost-of-living increases, and many have taken wage reductions in order to help avoid more drastic measures to balance the budget. In addition to employee concessions, the County's workforce has been reduced by approximately 655 positions, about 21% of our total workforce, since FY07/08.
For more information about the 2013-2014 budget and the latest developments, please visit the Budget Division's FY13/14 Budget Development page.