According to a recent study by the National Association of Counties (NACo), the COVID-19 pandemic could have massive budgetary impacts for counties of all sizes. America's counties could face budgetary impacts as much as $144 billion in lost revenue and increased expenditures through FY2021. This estimate includes lost revenue from sales tax and local fees and additional expenditures related to COVID-19, but does not include budgetary impacts related to other funding streams like property taxes and intergovernmental funding, on which the impact of COVID-19 is less clear. Counties with over 500,000 residents would see the largest increase in expenditures and the largest decrease in revenue, amounting to an approximately $83 billion impact. However, counties with less than 50,000 residents would have their budgets impacted the most. Between lost revenue and increased expenditures, in total, small counties may see a nearly one quarter (24%) percent reduction in their budgets.
May is National Bike Month, promoted by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. This National Bike Month will necessarily be different. With less focus on biking to work, we’re going to focus on riding “there” whether “there” is to the grocer for essentials or to the creek and back with the kids. Part of making progress on the League’s vision is encouraging everyone to think beyond biking to work and move towards a holistic approach to integrating bicycling into as many aspects of our daily lives as possible.
The Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference provides quality professional development opportunities for volunteer managers/administrators that focus on the key areas of a volunteer delivery system including personal readiness, organizational readiness, engagement of volunteers, education of volunteers, and sustainability of volunteer efforts. Please join us for a day of learning, sharing ideas, and networking with volunteer managers from dozens of organizations. You won't want to miss this chance to become energized with new ideas to help strengthen your volunteer program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note the conference could be held as a telecast at reduced cost if necessary.
Local officials are challenged to get things done while staying compliant with current social distancing recommendations and the Open Meetings Act, which has been amended temporarily by Governor Pritzker’s executive order. Christopher Boggs, supervising attorney at the Illinois Office of the Attorney General, will provide information and strategies to avoid violations, as well as an update on the Open Meetings Act considering recent COVID-19 mandates as part of University of Illinois Extension's Local Government Education webinar series. Register online prior to the noon May 7 webinar.