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CORONAVIRUS: Budget adjustments potentially coming for city of Emporia to address coronavirus impact KVOE News File Photo

The city of Emporia is working to adjust its budget as the coronavirus continues impacting local operations.

City Manager Mark McAnarney presented an update on these plans to city commissioners during their action session Wednesday morning. According to McAnarney the city, much like local and area business, will likely struggle as the pandemic continues to develop.

According to McAnarney, the city is already anticipating a sizeable loss in revenues which could have a profound effect on city services if not addressed.

 

Last weekend McAnarney spoke with KVOE News and stated that ongoing infrastructure projects, such as the downtown sanitary sewer realignment, will be continuing as scheduled. Additionally, McAnarney says they will be moving into the design portion of a lift station improvement project which has been in talks for the past few months.

With adjustments potentially coming to the budget, McAnarney says they will be reviewing all projects to see what can go forward and what may need to be pushed back. He tells KVOE News, projects which have received funding from state and federal grant programs will be given priority when it comes to those decisions.

In other business, commissioners approved a development agreement for the Riverside Addition as part of the city's Rural Housing Incentive District program. The Emporia City Commission will reconvene next Wednesday at 1:30 pm inside White Auditorium.

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