Parker Town Council gave preliminary approval May 4 to an ordinance trimming the town's budget by $13 million, anticipating a hit to its year-end revenue of 25% as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. …
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Parker Town Council gave preliminary approval May 4 to an ordinance trimming the town's budget by $13 million, anticipating a hit to its year-end revenue of 25% as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown.
The ordinance to officially revise the town's budget was passed on first reading. The second, or final, reading is scheduled for May 18.
The town on May 5 released details of its plan, under which the town will furlough 500 part-time employees and institute a hiring freeze. All town facilities will be closed for five days, intermittently, throughout the rest of 2020.
Town employees will be furloughed while facilities are closed, except for commissioned police officers and employees in public safety or emergency related positions, according to the town's May 4 staff report.
Also, non-required employee training has been canceled, and economic development incentives have be reduced.
Closures to the town's cultural facilities are expected to cost the department $600,000. The town is offsetting that loss by canceling the Discovery Park summer concert series and reduced the budget for nationally touring acts.
The Parker Stars and Stripes Fourth of July Celebration and the Cattle Crossing Race have officially been canceled, according to the town's May 5 release. The Mainstreet holiday lights will be scaled back.
The recreation fund will be reduced by $1.2 million.
The town suspended publication of its Talk of the Town newsletter and recreation season brochure and will provide digital delivery for the remainder of 2020.
Parker has postponed major street resurfacing projects. The O'Brien Park playground renovation, Parker Road Corridor Plan, and Parker Road Mainstreet concept design have been put on hold. The Chambers Road/Stroh Road sub-area plan has been eliminated, as has the town's retail demand study.
The town also budgeted $1 million in “unplanned” COVID-19 response expenses.
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