Coronavirus Has Cost Garden City Millions

Alex Costello
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GARDEN CITY, NY — Garden City Mayor Theresa A. Trouvé recently outlined the financial toll the coronavirus and the associated shutdowns have taken on the village. The village was hit hard in a few key areas by delayed opens and residents not going out.

In a weekly address to village residents, Trouvé went into detail about the village's first quarter finances, which were hurt by the coronavirus, as well as the effects on the end of the last fiscal year. The village's fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31.

In addition to the coronavirus, the village also faced expenses due to storms.

At the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year, the village saw a decrease in some areas due to the coronavirus, but also wound up saving money because of it. The village budgeted spending $67 million for the 2019-20 year, but only spent $60.6 million.

The village lost about $700,000 in fees because of the closure and cancellation of programs. That's in addition to $104,000 in losses from the cancellation of the tennis program. The village also saw a loss of $483,000 in the Water Fund due a 3 percent decrease in usage.

There were lots of savings the village saw because of the coronavirus. It saved $2.3 million in salaries with unfilled positions, less overtime and fewer seasonal part-time workers hired. And while cancelling the programs cost the village money in fees, it also saved the village $800,000 in the associated expenses. The village also saw less expenses because the pool and tennis facility were closed.

For the start of the 2020-21 fiscal year, the village saw a big hit to one of its revenue streams. There was a $400,000 decrease in police and court fines, as well as in recreation. This was mainly due to fewer people going out, so police officers were writing fewer tickets.

Though the village saved some money by putting off the opening of the pool, it was a net loss. The village budgeted $1.3 million in revenue from the pool, but only received $354,000. Likewise, the tennis program is coming up $65,000 short of its projected revenues.

The coronavirus has also cost the village $350,000 since the pandemic began, mainly in cleaning supplies. The village is still working to get federal reimbursement for the costs.

Hurricane Isaias also impacted the village's finances. Tree and debris removal, stump grinding, sidewalk repairs and more cleaning up from the storm cost the village about $1.4 million, plus another $104,000 in overtime for village workers.

Trouvé said the village applied to FEMA to have the expenses reimbursed, but it is not know when that money will come through.

This article originally appeared on the Garden City Patch