Bay City News Service
MONTEREY — A special town hall will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday to get public input on hard funding decisions faced by the City of Monterey, which projects a “devastating loss” of $31 million to its budget over the next two years.
The city says the loss is a result of the novel coronavirus health emergency and the resulting shelter in place order that closed businesses and many city services and programs, as well as community events.
The shortfall comes despite voter approval in March of Measure G, a nine-year half-cent sales tax increase.
“It is imperative that the City’s budget is balanced,” City Manager Hans Uslar said in a statement. “The devastation of our General Fundrevenues forces us to look at our core services in search of adapting new standards, which we can actually afford.”
City officials say that priorities during the health emergency are maintaining public safety, keeping core government functions operational and helping the recovery of the local economy.
Those who want to participate in the virtual town hall session need to register in advance by going to www.monterey.org/coronavirus andclicking the link at the top of the page.
The town hall will be shown online at youtube.com/cityofmonterey.
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Author: Bay City News