The health and safety of our community, visitors, and employees is a priority for the City of Osage Beach as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
**City facilities remain open to the public and public meetings have resumed, with restrictions related to social distancing and screening.
**Park facilities remain open and many activities and sports programs continue with restrictions. Unfortunately, the 20th Annual Fall Festival and the Citywide Garage Sale events normally held in September and October have been CANCELLED for 2020.
COVID19 has had a financial impact on city revenues. Although our Lake area communities have been fortunate in respect to the continuation of, and according to many reports an increase in, visitors, city revenues remain on a decline compared to pre-COVID budget and forecasts. An updated operational spending plan for FY2020 was developed in the early months of the pandemic and was recently updated based on recent month’s financial activity. We are estimating a 5.6% decrease for overall FY2020 city revenues, equating to an approximate $1.5 million estimated revenue shortfall. To meet this estimated shortfall, $580,000 in expenditures have been cut from the FY2020 budget; the remainder will be realized out of city cash reserves.
My office is dedicated to being good stewards of our community and we will continue to operate efficiently to deliver superior municipal services to our citizens and visitors.