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9 In 10 California Cities Report Facing Deep Cuts

City Hall from Grand Park on Tuesday March 24. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)
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California cities are warning they face a coronavirus-driven budget chasm that will force worker layoffs and deep service cuts.

Leaders ranging from Rancho Cucamonga to Yountville say they’re up against a fiscal cliff if more help doesn’t arrive from the federal government or the state.

Coronavirus has delivered a one-two punch: devastating tax revenues and forcing emergency spending on things like disinfecting public facilities and buying Personal Protective Equipment.

The League Of California Cities says all told, the 482 cities in the state have a $7 billion dollar shortfall on their hands over the next two fiscal years — and that’s assuming stay-at-home orders begin to lift in June.

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