Local NewsCity of San Antonio Furloughs Nearly 300 Employees After Losing Hotel Tax Revenue

Hundreds of city employees have been furloughed by officials after hotel tax revenues dipped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
April 9, 2020
Businesses across the country are faced with tough decisions as unemployment claims have skyrocketed since the brunt of coronavirus hit the U.S. But it’s not just businesses having to trim their budgets, governments, too, are facing budget shortfalls.

On Wednesday, the City of San Antonio furloughed 270 employees.

Those furloughed employees worked in departments funded by the city’s hotel tax. Because so much travel has been abandoned, the money is no longer coming in to fund these jobs.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that these furloughs were from the Office of Risk Management, Office of International Relations, and finance, arts and culture, convention, and sports facility departments.

In total, the city has made over $80 million in cuts to its budget.

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The furloughs could last until July but their involvement in the city’s healthcare plan will continue uninterrupted through the furlough period.

In late March, the City of Hutto laid off almost 50 employees because of rising fiscal concerns.

As coronavirus tightens the grip on everyone’s finances, even governments are not immune to its effects.

For those furloughed, the City of San Antonio plans to file for unemployment on their behalf, and believes they’ll make about the same as during their tenure of employment with the city.


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