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Leon County leaders discuss financial impact of COVID-19 in virtual meeting

Posted at 5:27 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 17:27:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governments on both the state and local levels are bracing for the financial impact of COVID-19.

The City of Tallahassee is looking at a potential $30 million loss in revenue.

That was one of the revelations from Thursday's virtual meeting between Leon County leaders.

City Manager Reese Goad says that number could reach as high as $50 million by the time this pandemic ends. Those losses will lead to some tough financial decisions.

"We have 4,500 hundred employees who's contracts are coming up on the first of July," said Rocky Hanna, the superintendent of Leon County Schools. "Until we know what the situation is, it's hard to make decisions. Whether it's about employment or others. There are a lot of things hanging in the balance. Everyday that this goes on, that 30 million goes to 32 and then 33."

Leon County Schools are also exploring how to improve their distance learning program, just in case schools aren't physically open by August.