FULLERTON (CBSLA) – More than 150 part-time employees of the city of Fullerton were out of work Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Citing “operational disruptions and substantial revenue reductions” due to COVID-19, Fullerton mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald said 153 workers in the library, parks and public works departments are being “separated from employment”.READ MORE: Chris Taylor hits 3 HRs, Dodgers beat Braves 11-2 to extend NLCS
The city is projecting over $3 million less revenues than originally budgeted due to the coronavirus shutdown affecting local retail and the travel industry.READ MORE: USC Places Sigma Nu Fraternity On Interim Suspension After Reports Of 'Possible Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assaults'
“Unfortunately, this pandemic has shuttered or greatly decreased our community’s retail businesses and hotels, which through sales tax help maintain the City’s services to our residents,” Fitzgerald said. “It breaks my heart to know that we cannot continue to employ them based on our fiscal condition. I thank them for their service.”
City manager Ken Domer told the City Council on April 7 that reduced commercial activity, hotel bookings, and reductions in lease and other revenues impacted by the pandemic had created a $3.1 million budget deficit in the current fiscal year ending June 30.MORE NEWS: Long Beach Man Killed In Fatal Collision
Projections for the upcoming fiscal year are projected to decline by at least $2 million based on the duration of the stay-at-home order and “other social distancing requirements.”