A decrease in general fund revenues, layoffs, and budget cuts were among the challenges faced by Northwood last year, according to Mayor Mark Stoner in his state of the city address, delivered to council last week.
Last year, the city faced challenges “never before felt during my life-time,” he said.
“Due to economic factors we had to make cutbacks in all city departments to balance the budget,” he said.
“Our employees worked hard collectively to make the necessary budget cuts with minimal effect on our community’s services.”
He expected further challenges this year, he said.
“While I’m not clairvoyant and I cannot predict the future, one only needs to look at the daily headlines to fathom a guess as to the economic circumstances that the city as well as our nation will face in the foreseeable future,” said Stoner.
General fund revenues dropped 12.2 percent from 2008-2009, which translates into a decrease of $593,000 into the city coffers.
“Because of this decrease, the administration was forced to cut $678,000 in expenditures during the 2009 tax year. These cuts included laying off, or not filling the vacated positions of, nine individuals,” said Stoner.