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Morro Bay city leaders begin planning for budget shortfall as a result of COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 5:03 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 21:35:13-04

Morro Bay City Council members and the city manager are forgoing their stipends for the remainder of the year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

City officials are expecting a potentially multi-million dollar budget shortfall because of a lack of tourism revenue during stay-at-home orders.

As a result, the city manager and department head team have taken immediate voluntary salary cuts up to 8% and the city council has invoked an immediate hiring and non-essential travel freeze.

The city's plan for weathering the financial storm created by the coronavirus pandemic is called "Rock Solid Together."

"The road to recovery will be difficult and long," said City Manager Scott Collins. "But we are committed to do what is necessary as a united City Team to ensure we continue to put the health and safety of our community first, continue to provide essential City services and resources to our most vulnerable residents. Rock solid together."

City staff will present a long-range fiscal plan for consideration at the city council's meeting on April 28.