Apr 30, 2020
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock has sent a letter to Colorado’s congressional delegation urging them to support the inclusion of direct emergency funding assistance to cities and states in the next federal stimulus bill.
“Mayors across this nation, myself included, believe it was a lost opportunity when Congress could not reach agreement on the inclusion in the interim bill on emergency fiscal relief of sorely needed funds for cities and states,” Mayor Hancock said in his letter.
The efforts of cities and states to flatten the curve have undoubtedly saved lives, and have been the necessary steps to take to slow the spread of COVID-19. The impact of these measures on local budgets and city finances has been severe as revenue from sales taxes, income taxes and user fees have dropped dramatically for local governments across the country.
As Congress begins to engage on the next phase of a relief package, Mayor Hancock is joining mayors and governors from across the country in requesting Congress to quickly provide direct local aid for lost revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so our communities have the resources needed to protect the health and wellbeing of our residents.
“If our cities cannot provide basic services and recover, there will be no national economic recovery,” the Mayor said.