North Las Vegas city leaders are defending the new $127 million city hall building at a time when the city is on the brink of insolvency. They are telling residents it will save taxpayers $750,000 in just the first year.
City workers started to move into their offices Monday. The new building boasts a number of cost-saving features, including solar panels that will save the city $250,000 in energy costs every year.
The building puts most city departments under one roof. City manager Tim Hacker says the move saves the city $500,000 a year because it doesn’t have to lease space for offices all around North Las Vegas.
"By having us all under one roof, there are additional savings. We don't have leased facilities. We do not have inefficient, temporary buildings being used, and frankly, our customers come to one spot now to receive services that they may have had to travel around town to receive," Hacker said.