Keller - Roanoke - Northeast Fort Worth Edition - May 2020

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All content in this print publication, both editorial and advertisements, was up to date as of press deadline. Due to the fast-changing nature of this event, editorial and advertising information may have changed. Please visit communityimpact.com and advertiser websites for more information. Thanks for your support. PUBLIC REVENUE PITFALL Sales tax data for March 2020 shows the early impact of COVID-19 restrictions. April data was not available as of press time but will show a clearer picture.

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range of city services, such as build- ing inspectors, public safety per- sonnel, infrastructure projects and quality-of-life programs, including parks, libraries and museums. Fort Worth ocials estimate that sales tax revenue may fall short by up to $26 million in the second half of s- cal year 2019-20, from April 1 through Sept. 30. According to data from the state comptroller’s oce, the city tal- lied more than $15.3 million in sales tax revenue in March 2019 but brought in just $14.3 million in March 2020. “On the nancial side, the COVID- 19 pandemic will be impactful,” City Manager David Cooke said. On average, Fort Worth sales tax rev- enue adds up to more than $170 mil- lion annually and helps fund other city entities, such as the Crime Control and CONTINUED ON 12

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The cities of Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth continue to search for cost-saving measures to oset the anticipated shortfalls in sales tax and other revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a joint statement May 8, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price joined 14 of her Texas counterparts in calling on Congress to provide “broad scal assistance” to state and local govern- ments. Price said exibility to distrib- ute federal funding according to each city’s needs is critical. “While Fort Worth is fortunate to be receiving an allocation from the Coro- navirus Relief Fund, I feel it is critical that we support all cities during this crisis,” Price said. The joint statement warned that budget cuts could aect a broad

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MARCH 2020 REVENUE CHANGES*

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KELLER $12K

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FORT WORTH

*COMPARED WITH MARCH 2019 SALES TAX REVENUE

SOURCE: TEXAS COMPTROLLER'S OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Businesses respond to fewer COVID19 restrictions

Sturns, director of economic development for the city of Fort Worth. “Some businesses have been pretty creative in working to maintain operations, some might still be closed and some might be in transition or somewhere in between.” As the manager of a small, locally owned business, Rick Rice said the goal for Soccer Post in Keller is to be able to take care of customers in the surrounding area. The store is focused on simplicity of service, he said, and is only allowing one or two patrons in at a time. CONTINUED ON 14

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Businesses in Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth are taking advantage of less restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just four days after Texas restaurants reopened at 25% capacity, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that salons and barbershops could reopen May 8, and gyms, rec centers and other exercise facilities could reopen May 18 if proper social distancing measures are in place. “As businesses start to reopen, it’s important that we understand where they are now,” said Robert

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