City of Temecula revenue drops due to coronavirus, but budget balanced with cuts

Jennifer Hennessy, director of finance for Temecula, presents the city’s revised 2020-2021 budget to the Temecula City Council, June 9.
The city of Temecula was forced to do some budget wrangling amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the city’s operating budget is now balanced for the coming fiscal years, staff told the city council at a meeting earlier in June. The city’s budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year, which the Temecula city council approved June 9, is very different from the one that had been planned out at the beginning of the year. “In January, we set out creating a very healthy budget … but this all changed in mid-March as the world began to report the devastation of COVID-19,” Temecula city manager Aaron Adams said. Operating revenues, including from the general fund, Measure S sales tax and Temecula Community Services District funding, were originally projected to be about $110 million,
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