Despite COVID hit, Goodyear moves forward with higher budget

Goodyear City Council will vote this month on a budget beginning July 1 that includes $180 million for the general fund. Despite sales-tax revenues declining due to COVID-19, the city expects construction revenues to help pay for fire and police salary increases and new hires.
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By Tom Scanlon | West Valley View

Despite a pandemic that has put a significant hit on revenues, Goodyear is moving forward with a budget that represents a 15% increase over the current city budget.

City representatives say residential and commercial growth is more than making up for a loss in sales-tax revenue caused by COVID-19.

At a May 4 study session on the proposed budget, Goodyear Finance Manager Lauri Wingenroth said cancellation of Spring Training resulted in the city losing $900,000 in direct revenues from ticket sales.

The COVID-19 revenue hit to Goodyear did not stop there.

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