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University City to cut spending, lay off employees due to COVID-19

"I have been forced, among other things, to layoff excellent employees, furlough employees, and delay capital projects in order to fill the gap"
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UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. — Gregory Rose, the city manager for University City, said he must make budget cuts and lay off or furlough employees due to the “financial strain” of COVID-19.

Rose said the had to make adjustments to the city’s spending and anticipates a 15%, or $3.7 million, reduction in the city’s current fiscal year revenues.

“I have been forced, among other things, to layoff excellent employees, furlough employees, and delay capital projects in order to fill the gap,” Rose said.

He said 13 of the city’s full-time employees are being impacted by the layoffs and furloughs and said, “all areas of our operation, with the exception of public safety and sanitation, will lose employees.”

“As we move forward into next fiscal year, we are anticipating a 25 percent or $6 million reduction in our forecasted revenues, but are hopeful no other personnel adjustments will be necessary,” he said.

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