Across the country, counties expect to have to tighten their budgets this year because of the COVID-19 health crisis.
The National Association of Counties estimates that by 2021 counties will have lost $144 billion dollars. This is due to the compounded impact of funding spent fighting COVID-19 and losses in revenue such as local sales taxes.
This is the case in Transylvania County, explains County Commissioner Page Lemmel. She says the county budget will look very different this year: