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January 31, 2015

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NLV residents frustrated by spat over looming police layoffs

North Las Vegas residents continued to express their disgust with the tension between the North Las Vegas Police Officers Association and the City Council at Wednesday’s council meeting.

Complaints started coming in after the union put up signs across the city last month that read, “We can no longer guarantee your safety,” in response to proposed police layoffs. Residents say that the signs are meant to instill fear into the public and that they invite crime.

Union President Mike Yarter deemed the signs necessary, and the organization later filed for an injunction on layoffs that were set to start July 1. District Judge Nancy Allf issued a 90-day injunction last week, which postponed layoffs and gave the city and the union a chance to negotiate.

City spokeswoman Juliet Casey said that if the two don’t compromise, the city will be forced to lay off more people.

“If there were no concessions we would end up laying off close to 50 nonpublic safety employees,” Casey said. “We’ve already laid off over 150 nonpublic safety workers.”

Acting city Finance Director Al Noyola presented the council its options on Wednesday, outlining alternatives to more layoffs.

Noyola suggested that outsourcing some services and raising property taxes for the next two years would help manage the city’s debt.

Councilwoman Anita Wood disagreed, reminding Noyola that North Las Vegans already pay the highest property taxes in the valley.

Another option Noyola suggested in place of laying off police officers was to lay off the remaining nonpublic safety staff, which may cause the city to shut down some facilities.

The council will continue to research its options and discuss the budget crisis in two weeks.

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  1. No layoffs of Police would be needed if the on July 1st the Police had not taken a 4.3% cost of living raise given up their uni-form allowance and merit pay. These concessions would equal the 5% NLV was asking for. But the POA Union decided to spend thousands on large A-frame signs guaranteeing NLV residents Police would not help fight crime in NLV. Police portray themselves as hero's. Hero's don't intimidate the voters they have sworn to serve and protect. Then spend thousands hiring a Lawyer to file a restraining order stopping an election.

  2. If they can't pay for police they need to get rid of them. Its very simple math. They could have taken a pay cut but they didn't.

    Public Unions are a huge problem in the valley. They all need to go.

  3. Unions are not your problem. City's that spent way to much money is your problem. Try the new city hall on for size! At a price tag of $142 million. Sounds like a great investment to me, then how about a few more million to add furniture sounds even better!

    I don't live in North Las Vegas, but it sounds like a city council that way out of control to me!

    Now is not the time to cut the police force anywhere, deal with the problem you have at hand and cut the programs you don't need. The safety of the residents should come first. Dig a little deeper, and cut everything across the board. I'm sure there are two sides to this story, and your police force has taking cuts to their pay already, in the past few years! Why put the burden on one department.

    It's time that your city council, looks at what they are spending money on, that they don't need, and that could very well be the new chair then plan to be sitting in when their new city hall is done!