The City of Greeley announced in a press release that 85 workers will be furloughed starting May 1.

The 289 workers that were previously temporarily laid off will remain on furlough until at least late May.

Greeley officials anticipate the loss of $10.9 million to $22.3 million in sales-tax and other revenues due to the ongoing economic turmoil brought on by the COVID-10 pandemic.

The lost revenue would amount to 10% to 20% of the city’s budget.

“Unpaid administrative leave will begin on May 1 and continue until city officials can reassess the situation in late May,” the city’s announcement said. The press release also stated that furloughed employees will continue to receive city-paid healthcare coverage, both for individuals and their families.

In a prepared statement, City Manager Roy Otto said:

“Today was a tough day. My heart is heavy from the impact COVID-19 is having on so many people — people I care about and people who have given of themselves to serve this city. This is truly one of the most challenging situations I’ve experienced in my 15 years as city manager, and I know it’s even more difficult for our employees. I feel for and with everyone placed on furlough and temporarily laid off. To these individuals and everyone else, I offer my whole heart and earnest commitment to strive to work through this situation, to make well-informed decisions that help Greeley return strong to a new normal.”

Greeley also has implemented a number of cost-saving measures, including a hiring freeze, reduction in travel expenses and delayed or modified projects, according to the press release.

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