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NLC urges Congress to step up and deliver more aid as Covid cases continue to rise

A survey by the National League of Cities reveals that 71 per cent of US cities indicate their government’s condition will worsen without another stimulus package.

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Covid-19 cases continue to rise and overwhelm local resources around the country
Covid-19 cases continue to rise and overwhelm local resources around the country

New survey data that quantifies the pandemic’s impact on US cities, towns and villages shows, on average, cities have seen revenues decline by 21 per cent since the beginning of the pandemic.

 

The analysis from the National League of Cities (NLC) comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise and overwhelm local resources around the country. More than seven in 10 cities indicated their government’s condition will worsen with 28 per cent of cities reporting their government’s condition will remain “significantly impacted” if Congress does not pass another stimulus package that includes aid to cities.

 

Negative impact

 

Of the 900 municipalities surveyed, approximately 70 cent indicated their financial health has been negatively impacted by Covid-19, with 90 per cent of those experiencing decreased revenues and 76 per cent having to take on additional expenses.

 

“It is more critical than ever that in the final weeks that Congress remains in session this year, our leaders in Washington step up to deliver the aid our municipal leaders have been seeking for months to avoid financial catastrophe in our nation’s hometowns,” said Clarence Anthony, executive director and CEO, NLC.

 

“We are urging congressional leadership to swiftly return to the negotiating table and advance a comprehensive relief package that honors our local heroes and ensures local governments can continue to safely lead our communities through the pandemic.”

“It is more critical than ever that in the final weeks that Congress remains in session this year, our leaders in Washington step up to deliver the aid our municipal leaders have been seeking for months”

Additionally, the latest NLC survey found that:

  • 29 per cent, or an estimated 6,000 cities, towns and villages, did not receive any aid or funding from the Cares Act Coronavirus Relief Fund based on the survey results
  • only 7 per cent of cities that received CRF funds indicated that the funds adequately addressed their revenue shortfalls and unforeseen expenses
  • 37 per cent of cities indicated they’ve had to make cuts in their municipal workforce, including hiring freezes, wage holds, layoffs, furloughs, reduced hours or forced early retirement of municipal employees.

NLC launched the Cities Are Essential campaign in May 2020, calling on the federal government to ensure there is flexible, direct funding relief provided to America’s municipalities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The National League of Cities is the voice of America’s cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people. NLC works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy and drive innovative solutions.

 

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