Projected Orange County budget deficit because of COVID-19

GOSHEN – Orange County, like all other counties, will take a big hit because of COVID-19.

The county has lost millions in sales tax and room tax revenue and projected out through the end of the year, officials said the loss in sales tax alone would be some $37.4 million.

The county is also losing casino revenue, tourism dollars, and DMV fees, and local officials still do not know how much may be lost in state revenue, County Budget Director Deborah Slesinski told the county legislature’s Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

As the year progresses the county hopes to get a better fix on the budget impact as the economy hopefully starts to rebound, officials said.

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