I think we all had hoped that the challenges posed by the Covid-19 virus would be done and gone by now. Unfortunately, that is not the situation we find ourselves in at this point. I continue to encourage everyone to stay healthy & to take the measures necessary to protect our community: wear a mask when required, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.
Fortunately, the City’s revenue collection through June has been better than the forecasted drop of 20% compared to budget. Given that expectation, many capital projects had been deferred from consideration until 2021, operating expenses were reduced, and employees were put on a Friday furlough program.
At this point, the City revenues are down 11% – which is a still a significant reduction and we are continuing the project deferrals and expense reductions. The City has been able to bring employees back to work on Fridays and to return to a higher level of service for our residents. Staff & Council are continuing to keep a close watch on City finances and the continued impact of the pandemic.
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