It’s time to cut back

Here’s what city staff is telling us they are predicting the budget effect of COVID-19 will be:

The are expecting a revenue shortfall of over $26 million.

These are preliminary numbers.  Many of us would expect that number to get worse.

Employee expense is far and away the largest portion of the city budget.

It is time for layoffs.

We deserve better



19 Responses to It’s time to cut back

  1. Anonymous says:

    Most Businesses ALSO pay Property Tax on their equipment, inventory and fixtures and . . 10-20% or more businesses will go Out-of-Business this year.
    Real Estate Property values will also go DOWN this year when 10-20-30% are unemployed.
    NONE of that was taken into account on this chart above.


    • Fed Up says:

      Sales of homes might drop and sale prices might drop, but the appraised values will not drop. The city, county and CAD will make sure of that.


  2. AstroAnonymous says:

    The REAL shortfall will be 50-100 million.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Hotel occupancy is about 10% in El Paso right now.
    (Normally 75-80%)
    (Hot Tax collected will be about Zero)

    Who’s traveling ?
    Who is gonna travel in the next 6 months ?
    (Almost no one.)
    What used to be “Summer travel” is almost over.
    Sales taxes from Hotels are down state-wide.


    • Anonymous says:

      Yes, time to CUT all the “Friends and Family”. The Special Assistants, the Assistant to the Assistant to the Assistant…………Cut the fat. Lay off the Mayor, Clown Council, Commissioners. They have no function anyways until THEY vote on the NEXT tax INCREASE.. ALL of the MILLION$$$$ School Superintendents in El Paso County. No school, no Teachers, but bet the Superintendents, all the “Assistants” are still being paid. The CEO at UMC and all his “Assistants”. If HE, THEY are not functional DOCTORS, Nurses, out the door. Cut all the hangers-on at the TAXPAYER owned Ball Park. Pay POLICE, Firemen, EMS, MORE and overtime. Cut the FAT and pay these people, who ARE ESSENTIAL to the PEOPLE of El Taxo. Politicians, Public Officials are non-essential to the HEALTH, safety, welfare of the PEOPLE.


      • John Dungan says:

        Try to keep up. The post references the budget of the City. That does not include the County, any school districts, the county hospital (UMC), or any other entity or group funded by other sources!


        • Observation says:

          You complain about demeaning comments. You didn’t need the first sentence.


        • Anonymous says:

          Try to THINK ! ! It all comes out of TAXES, the pockets of TAXPAYERS, working people. City TAXES, County TAXES, it’s ALL TAXES on the PEOPLE. Too much WASTE, greed by Public Officials, Politicians, without any regard for the PEOPLE..


  4. JerryK says:

    Time for hard choices. Watch carefully whom they protect.


    • Ticked off taxpayer says:

      I’m enjoying that Margo now has a Council revolt on the arena brewing. That should tell everyone how bad the numbers and projections that aren’t being shared are.


  5. Joe says:

    I read the article in the El Paso times about how the city is trying to reduce expenses like a 5% pay cut for top earners and $7,300,000 reduction in the Budget cuts. I figured and if you take the $1,046,842,912 billion dollars that was the original budget and reduce it by the $7,300,000 then that is a reduction of less than 1%. Is the city really being honest?


  6. Reality says:

    You can double the variance that they are projecting.


  7. Anonymous says:

    Are the people that work for the taxpayers ever being honest? No never. This is one of the main reasons we are in this situation. The government is supposed to work to ensure public safety not work to ensure a bunch of greedy people unlimited access to taxpayer money.


  8. Another Bogey says:

    The city is going to permanently close Butterfield Trail Golf Course, which was supposed to be a big tourism draw. If you add the annual operating deficit to the original construction cost, the city has flushed another $20 mil plus down the drain.


    • Al-Monogamous says:

      THAT, plus the streetcars and baseball downtown really brought in the tourists, didnt it.


      • enough is enough says:

        aaa baseball park, public golf course, streetcars, an overbuilt bus system, a fancy digital wall, millions on public art, tens of millions of dollars to subsidize developers, water parks, an overpaid hotshot city manager. where all the new businesses and great jobs that were supposed to flock to el paso?


        • Charles R. Dickerson says:

          Got it exactly right. And  “the “Hot shot, over paid City “Manager” was also the driving force  behind the Grand Wolf Lodge and his plans,    with Developers, the id


    • JerryK says:

      Too bad but golf is a dying sport. Literally with Boomers and numerically with Millennials who have neither the money or inclination for their parents’ indulgence. Now, do the same to AAA.


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