The Hemet City Council learned from the city manager that the pandemic is certain to affect the city’s 2020-2012 general fund budget as the city potentially won’t be able to hire six or more public safety workers and will likely make other drastic changes.
Hemet city manager Chris Lopez gave his report at the April 14 city council meeting. The governor’s stay at home order, which closed down almost all of the city nonessential businesses since March, is costing the city in sales tax, bed tax and other revenues amounting to an average of $33,000 per day with an anticipated loss of millions by the end of the fiscal year in June. It is also affecting the Measure U sales tax revenues, while increasing public safety response costs.
“The council will have some significant policy de