Geoff Dornan
Nevada Appeal

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January 25, 2011
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Sandoval budget plan: Several state agencies to consolidate

CARSON CITY, Nev. — The proposed budget includes consolidation and reorganization of several state agencies.

The departments of Information Technology, Personnel, Public Works Board and the Nevada State Library and Archives will all be moved under the Department of Administration, eliminating their independent fiscal and IT services to save an estimated $1.8 million over the biennium.

Public Works will also be combined with Buildings and Grounds, which is already in Administration.

Sandoval's plan further reduces costs by having Administration's Human Resources Management — the former Personnel Department — take over those functions for Business and Industry, Taxation, Education and Agriculture.

The plan eliminates the Cultural Affairs Department director's office. But the plan doesn't eliminate any of the Cultural Affairs divisions. Libraries moves to Administration, Museums and History and the Arts Council go to the Commission on Tourism while the State Historic Preservation Office goes to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Breaking up Cultural Affairs saves just $670,000 this coming biennium but an estimated $6.4 million in future years.

The Commission on Mineral Resources will merge into Conservation's Environmental Protection department. The Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Authority and State Office of Energy will all merge, saving about $1 million over the biennium.

Likewise, the Governor's Office of Consumer Health Assistance and Office of Minority Health will combine and move to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Gas Pollution Standards and the Weights and Measures programs will move from Agriculture to the Department of Motor Vehicles, which Sandoval said will provide “a one-stop section for customers dealing with all aspects of fuels.”

Finally, the Sandoval administration is looking into consolidating the Department of Transportation, DMV and Department of Public Safety into a single department to save money by centralizing office functions such as budgeting and personnel.

No dollar savings was included for that project because it is in preliminary stages at this point.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 25, 2011 11:44AM Published Jan 25, 2011 11:43AM Copyright 2011 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.