Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and City Council will spend hours this week going over the proposed budget for 2021. Budget hearings started Monday afternoon with a presentation from Mayor Winnecke outlining major projects and investments but the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the bottom line to the tune of millions.
The city has made about $3.8 million dollars in budget cuts for 2021 but the city is also seeing a substantial loss of revenue from a number of resources. Evansville receives about one million dollars every month in tax revenue from Tropicana but when the casino shut down in March that money also stopped coming in.
The 2021 budget eliminates 15 jobs within the city mostly through attrition, none of which are public safety positions. This is the 9th budget proposal from the Winnecke Administration and the Mayor says this has been the toughest one yet, "This has been by far the most difficult. Usually these presentations are glowing about all the things we get to do, we tried to keep some of that in there but we wanted to make sure you have a realistic view of what they future holds from a revenue standpoint."
Just two non-profits are slated to receive funding from the city in 2021. Mayor Winnecke says funding affordable housing is going to be a big focus next year, that’s why $500,000 is slated to go to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund.
Budget hearings are expected to continue through the middle of the week. Tentatively -- council is scheduled to vote October 12th -- to pass a budget.