City of Yorktown update
By Anna Noel
Yorktown Mayor Bill Baker and City Administrator John Barth recently sat down to discuss some present and future projects and plans for the city, as well as how COVID-19 has affected Yorktown.
“Let’s start with COVID,” Mayor Baker said, “The 2021-2022 budget is finished, the Council hasn’t approved it, but we’re looking at it. When you look at last year versus this year, we’re within just a few thousand dollars. COVID, from Yorktown’s perspective, didn’t set us back from a sales tax perspective. The direct effect on our sales tax from COVID last year, basically, we didn’t feel it. Now, could we have done better without COVID? No doubt. But we were able to maintain all of our employees, we were able to provide all the city services that we had always provided. From the city’s perspective, not the businesses, but the city’s perspective, we didn’t see that we took a step back in any form or fashion. We didn’t really even qualify to get any type of COVID-based assistance. COVID was a problem, don’t get me wrong, but from the city’s perspective we were able to hold up.”
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