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WATCH: City Manager Glascock recommends cutting millions and dozens of jobs from 2021 city budget


Columbia City Manager John Glascock recommended cuts of $13.1 million and 78.5 city positions for the upcoming fiscal year during a budget presentation Friday morning.

Glascock said the cuts were brought on by the impact from COVID-19.

"I see fiscal year 2021 as a year of uncertainty," the city manager said.

Due to uncertainty in revenue projections and the fact that there are no new identified revenue sources, Glascock said the projections are based on four goals.

"Use the current available estimated revenue to fund critical need, right size the City staff to our anticipated revenue projections, start to address the need to move the workload placed on CPD over to PHHS to address the increased need for mental health services, and Continue making progress on City priorities such as Community Policing and street maintenance as identified in the citizen survey," he said.

The projection involves changes to the city including in community policing, public transit, organization, the Columbia Regional Airport, and utility revenues.

The city leader said 11 of the more than 70 positions being cut are currently staffed. He added $3.2 million is being cut from the city's general fund.

According to data from the city, general revenues for June 2020 reached $4,590,911, which was down more than $6 million from the year before. As of July 24, general revenue was at $693,192, down more than $2 million from July 2019.

A graph from the City of Columbia shows falling revenues since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Watch ABC 17 News at noon for the latest coverage on the city manager's presentation.

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Brittany Wiley

Brittany Wiley joined ABC 17 News in December 2018 as a full-time reporter. She anchors weekend morning broadcasts and reports in the early evening during the week.

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