The Morris City Council approved the 2021 preliminary budget guidance recommendation at their meeting last night. With so many uncertainties about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect government aid to cities, City Manager Blaine Hill told the council that he will be telling the city’s managers to keep their department budgets tight and lean.

“What I’m gonna tell department heads is, you gotta look at what you absolutely, positively need. Things are gonna have to stretch out a little bit longer,” said Hill. “You’re gonna have to be very frugal in how you deal with stuff. Because I don’t know if it’s a one-year period we have to get through. I don’t know if it’s a two-year period that we have to get through. Nobody knows.”

In the worst case scenario, Hill said department managers would have to cut their budgets by 10 percent, which would probably mean laying off some staff.

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