RENO — On Wednesday the Reno City Council held their strategic planning session for fiscal year 2012-2013, creating strategies that foster economic progress and stability, along with identifying and prioritizing value-added community programs.
The Reno City Council establishes annual priorities that are short-term goals for the city. These short-term goals are intended to enable the city to attain long-term goals and achieve the council’s vision.
The City Council adopted six priorities for fiscal year 2012-2013 (which begins July 1, 2012):
1. Financial management to create fiscal strategies that foster economic progress and stability.
2. Economic development that includes working with all regional partners in both the public and private sector.
3. Public safety to include core police and fire services, infrastructure such as the Virginia Street Bridge, and automatic and mutual aid agreements.
4. Arts, culture and special events.
5. Senior and youth services.
“I’ve spent a lot of time and energy analyzing the city’s and the region’s current financial situation, dealing with the critical finance issues and developing strategies to get the city on track to achieve financial stability,” City Manager Andrew Clinger said.
Clinger outlined some challenges the city will face, such as reserve levels, declining revenues, increasing costs, debt, unfunded liabilities, maintaining core service levels, unanticipated expenditures, fire deconsolidation and regional economy and image.
“Now is the time to take bold steps and a strong stand toward establishing financial stability over the long term, as we start preparing for a long, slow recovery,” Clinger said. “This challenge can be met with a strategic, methodical approach, showing us areas of weakness while keeping our eye on the quality and continuity of our core services.”