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City council to meet Tuesday for budget workshop


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The Roswell City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss the fiscal year 2021 city budget, which will require an estimated $33 million cut in expenses due to the economic downturn driven by both the COVID-19 pandemic and crash in the oil and gas industry.

The workshop will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Meeting Room A of the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, 912 N. Main St.

The meeting is open to the public, however, due to the pandemic, the city is encouraging virtual attendance. The meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.

No public participation section is on the agenda, however, the meeting can also be attended through GoTo Meeting. Information on logging in will be available on the city website’s livestream page.

Audio from the meeting will also be available over the phone by calling 786-535-3211 and using access code 884-713-021.

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City Manager Joe Neeb will give a presentation on the city budget followed by discussion.

At the May 14 City Council meeting, Neeb said the city anticipates a 25% reduction on gross receipts taxes from the current fiscal year that ends June 30. That budget estimated expenses at $130 million with an $18.1 million cash balance going into July.

“This will continue to change a little bit, but I know we’re fairly certain that $33 million is a solid number. It will go plus or minus a little bit as we continue our conversations,” Neeb told the councilors at the May 14 meeting.

The budget workshop will allow the council to “walk through” the effects of the pandemic and downturn of the oil and gas industry on the city’s revenue, Neeb said.

One important goal of the workshop will be to create a process that will allow the city to shift operations quickly if needed as the pandemic continues, he said.

“There is talk already of another surge in the fall,” he said of COVID-19 cases. “We don’t know what that impact will look like, we don’t know how everybody will respond to it. We need to be able to shift,” he said.

One method of doing that will be a review of the budget, monthly and quarterly, by the city finance committee, Neeb said.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.


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