- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) - Officials in cash-strapped North Las Vegas say they plan to slash spending by 10 to 20 percent if employee unions don’t accept a settlement.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the proposed cuts were announced at an employee meeting Wednesday and will only take effect if the city can’t reach a $7.7 million settlement with public safety unions. Department heads would decide whether services or payrolls are reduced.

The negotiations come after a court ruled in January that the city couldn’t avoid paying $25 million in raises by declaring a state of emergency.

North Las Vegas faces a projected $18 million budget deficit, and lost a $4 million court judgment last week to a commercial landowner.

Still, Mayor John Lee tells KSNV-TV he thinks the city is close to a resolution.

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