LEWISVILLE FLOWERMOUND HIGHLAND VILLAGE EDITION
VOLUME 3, ISSUE 7 MAY 6JUNE 2, 2020
Ocials brace formillions in revenue loss As coronavirus continues to send shockwaves through local economies, ocials in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village are preparing for budget cuts and millions of dollars of projected revenue loss. BY ANNA HEROD budget IMPACTS
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Based on early estimates, Lewisville is expected to lose upward of $7 mil- lion during scal year 2019-20. Flower Mound stands to lose an estimated $2.8 million in revenue, and Highland Vil- lage ocials are expecting to lose about $500,000. Ocials with all three cities said they expect to have rmer estimates of where the budgets stand in May, when the state will inform them how much sales tax has been collected since the pandemic emerged locally. However, since it is unclear how long the eco- nomic eects related to the coronavi- rus might last, the future remains uid. “It’s hard to know the full impact,” Highland Village Assistant City Man- ager Ken Heerman said. “We certainly have some early projections, but at this point, they’re just educated guesses. There’s just so many unknowns.” Debra Wallace, the town of Flower Mound’s chief nancial ocer and assistant manager, said she looked at national retail sales data to help inform projections of how much the town could lose in sales tax revenue in the coming months. CONTINUED ON 14
As the eects of coronavirus continue to take a toll on local economies, area cities are preparing for substantial revenue loss.
Highland Village -$500K
SOURCES: CITY OF LEWISVILLE,
Flower Mound -$2.8M
CITY OF HIGHLAND VILLAGE, TOWN OF FLOWER MOUND COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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