Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010 | 7:56 p.m.
The North Las Vegas City Council unanimously accepted a grant Wednesday night that will allow the city’s police department to rehire 16 police officers scheduled to be laid off Dec. 31.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, is for $5.3 million. Because the federal money is intended to add police officers to the force, not save them from cuts, the city will have to lay off the officers and rehire them.
The city announced a proposal Oct. 20 to cut 251 full-time positions, 27 of them police officer positions. The reason: This fiscal year — July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011 — the city must reduce its budget by about $10 million.
Before June 30, 2012, the city will have to cut about $35.1 million from its budget to keep it balanced.