Roanoke city budget provides outlook for fiscal year 2020-21

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Officials with the city of Roanoke are taking a cautionary approach to the fiscal year 2020-21 budget. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Officials with the city of Roanoke are taking a cautionary approach to the fiscal year 2020-21 budget. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

Officials with the city of Roanoke are taking a cautionary approach to the fiscal year 2020-21 budget.

General fund revenue is anticipated to increase 1.68% to $21.7 million over the next year, but officials anticipate a continued impact from the COVID-19 pandemic on business operations, sales and investment.


In addition, the general fund has already been affected by increased needs related to the coronavirus pandemic, such as personal protective equipment and reduced court and recreation revenue, officials said.

City Manager Scott Campbell has instituted a hiring freeze on several city positions, and the city has eliminated two personnel positions. Officials have also approved a tax rate of $0.37512 per $100 of assessed valuation, which remains unchanged from the previous year.

City officials have said the focus of capital improvement projects in the upcoming year will be citywide infrastructure upgrades, including a number of street improvement projects in the downtown area. Projects will be evaluated as needed, officials said.
By Ian Pribanic
Ian Pribanic covers city government, transportation, business and education news for Community Impact Newspaper in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth areas. A Washington D.C. native and University of North Texas graduate, Ian was previously an editor for papers in Oklahoma, West Texas and for Community Impact in New Braunfels.


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