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Board increases time limit for public comment.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen

Reno, Nevada. March 26, 2013. The Washoe County Board of Commissioners held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, March 26 and took action on items including: extended the time limit for public comment for the public meetings of the Board of County Commissioners; received the update and status report on the fiscal year 2013/14 budget and the effects of sequestration; approved the annual performance evaluation of Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District (TMFPD) Chief Charles A. Moore; approved some changes for the Regional Parks and Open Space 2013 fee schedule; approved an in-kind sponsorship for Artown for its 17th year in the community; and proclaimed March 31, 2013 as Cesar Chavez Day.

More time for public comment: Item 13. The BCC unanimously approved extending the time for public comment from two minutes to three minutes for the public meetings of the Board of County Commissioners. The Nevada Open Meeting Law requires the agenda of public bodies like the BCC to have periods devoted to comment. The BCC will continue to allow public comment at the beginning and the end of Commission meetings as well as allowing public comment during action items.

Update and status report on the fiscal year 2013/14 budget: Item 17. The BCC acknowledged the presentation of the 2013/14 fiscal year budget and the effects of sequestration.

Highlights of the proposed budget include:

  • A decrease in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) of 5.1 percent or $168,000 as a result of sequestration
  • No change in the overall property tax rate
  • A 3 percent or $2.2 million increase in consolidated (mainly sales) tax revenues due to the continued improvement of the local economy

Annual performance review for TMFPD Chief:  Item 7. In February, the TMFPD responded to 608 incidents and a cumulative 5,103 incidents since July 1, 2012 (excluding calls on the Pyramid Indian Reservation). The BCC approved the first annual performance evaluation for Chief Moore, who said he was very pleased to report the department has made immense progress in its first year, is 100 percent staffed with no brownouts at County fire stations and will come in under budget for the year. Commissioners praised Moore for his hard work and Chairman David Humke cited the Chief’s diligence and said he has been “the perfect person for the job.” View the Chief’s March 2013 Monthly Report.

Community Services Department Regional Parks and Open Space 2013 fees: Item 6.G.5. The Board approved minor changes to the fee schedule, including a slight increase in admission to Bowers Mansion and a $1 increase to play the Washoe Golf Course. The Board also referred back to the Regional Parks and Open Space Commission fees for facility rentals and commercial photography permits for their recommendation. Click here for the complete fee schedule.

In-kind sponsorship for Artown: Item 6.G.3. The County agreed to waive park facility rental fees for Artown, which continues to be one of the largest visual and performing arts festivals in the country and holds more than 400 events in 100 locations throughout Washoe County in July. Now in its 17th year, Artown will hold four events at Bartley Ranch Regional Park. The County will also provide printing services for the Washoe County School District for 30,000 black and white flyers which will promote Artown’s children’s events.

Proclaimed March 31, 2013 as Cesar Chavez Day: Item 8. Chavez was born March 31, 1927 in Yuma, AZ, and went on to found the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Chavez adhered to the principles of non-violence practiced by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and M.K. Gandhi to support the end of suffering for farm workers and their families. County Commissioner Kitty Jung requested the proclamation and Rajan Zed, the chairperson of the Nevada Cesar Chavez Day Committee, Miss Washoe County  Chelsea Ann Mihaylo, Andrew Barbano of and Ramon Chavez, Cesar’s nephew, all attended.