Montpelier budget comes up short; 30 workers furloughed

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Thirty Montpelier city workers are being furloughed as the city faces a $500,000 budget gap because of the pandemic.

The shortfall includes a loss of revenue from parking fines, recreation centers, local options tax collections and permitting fees. Officials say it's also because of higher health insurance costs, legal fees and winter salt.

The Montpelier City Council approved a plan that lays off workers until at least June 30 and also delays major projects.

Officials say this leaves about a $113,000 year-end deficit in which staff will continue to look for solutions. City leaders say because of this, residents can expect fewer services for the next few months.