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Special council meeting called to review budget mods

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A special Cortland Common Council meeting is planned for tomorrow evening to address the city’s continued response to the looming COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Brian Tobin and city financial officers have drafted a modified 2020 budget reflecting a modest loss in revenue, following last week’s approval of up to 19 furloughs and additional spending cuts totaling just under one million dollars (~$931k).

Most of the furloughs were at the Cortland Youth Bureau, which forced director John McNerney to release a lengthy list of summer cancellations and closures as a result. Additional outlook on the 2021 fiscal year is also expected tomorrow.

Additionally, council will be updated tomorrow night on the internal preparations in place to keep city employees safe, specifically certain practices, procedures and equipment needs under consideration.

They’ll also revisit their enforcement efforts regarding social distancing and non-essential business closures. which Dpty. Police Chief Paul Sandy told WXHC has been a “huge change” for his department thus far.

Dpty. Chief Sandy discussed that topic further on this past Saturday’s triple-feature edition of Meet Cortland County, which also included Cortland County Sheriff Mark Helms and Village of Homer Chief Bob Pitman.

Tomorrow’s meeting begins at 7 pm via Zoom video conferencing.


Stay tuned with WXHC News for coverage on tomorrow night’s meeting.

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