Residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County are encouraged to register now for the 2017 session of the Reno Citizens Institute (RCI) program provided by the City of Reno. The registration deadline is July 28, 2017. Sign up ASAP as enrollment is limited to the first 40 participants.

Participants meet with elected officials, department directors and city staff to gain an understanding of city government, processes, and services through hands on exercises and presentations.

The free ten week RCI program is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various City facilities and venues. The first class will be on August 10 and they will continue through graduation day on October 12.

Here are the 2017 RCI class sessions…

  • August 10 – City Manager’s Office
  • August 17 – Community Development #1 – Housing and Code Enforcement
  • August 24 – Community Development #2 – Business License, Buiilding Division, Planning and Engineering
  • August 31 – Reno Fire Department
  • September 7 – Parks, Recreation and Community Services
  • September 14 – Finance, Human Resources and City Clerk’s Office
  • September 21 – Public Works
  • September 28 – City Attorney’s Office and Municipal Court
  • October 5 – Reno Police Department
  • October 12 – Graduation
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Sabra Smith Newby will start work as Reno’s new city manager on Monday, May 8, 2017. She was the unanimous selection of the Reno City Council following a national search conducted by Reno’s recruiting consultant. Newby is replacing former city manager Andrew Clinger, who was let go during a sexual harrassment probe, which subsequently found insubstantial evidence to support the charges.

Newby comes to Reno from an assistant county manager job in southern Nevada’s Clark County. Her two-year contract, which includes a $200,000 annual salary and a variety of enhancements, was approved on a 5 – 1 vote by the Reno City Council. The dissenting vote came from Councilman Paul McKenzie. Councilwoman Neoma Jardon was absent.

Newby will commute from Las Vegas until her children finish school in June, then move to Reno.

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal.

Starting on April 1, 2017, the Washoe County sales tax rate will increase from 7.725 percent to 8.265 percent. That will make it the highest sales tax rate in Nevada, surpassing previous front runner Clark County.

Proceeds from this increase are specifically restricted to only fund Washoe County School District projects for the acquisition, construction, renovation and repair of school facilities.

This sales tax increase was presented to the voters as Washoe Question 1 on the 2016 General Election ballot and passed by almost 57 percent. There is no sunset clause – the tax is permanent unless voters decided to get rid of it at a future election.

For more information about taxes in Washoe County and Nevada, refer to “Reno and Nevada Taxes.”