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Northern Virginia Projected to Start Phase 1 Reopening on May 29

While most of Virginia entered Phase 1 of Governor Northam's Forward Virginia plan for easing public health restrictions on Friday, May 15, Northern Virginia will not be entering Phase 1 until Friday, May 29. At this time, the Town of Leesburg is not anticipating any changes to town facilities and programs moving from the current situation into Phase 1.  For more information on the changes for businesses in Phase 1, please see the Phase 1 guidance from the governor's office.


Governor Northam Issues Mandatory Stay at Home Order Through June 10

On Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Fifty-Five, expanding statewide restrictions. Residents are required to stay at home except when traveling to and from work, shopping for groceries and supplies, seeking medical care, and other essential activities. Gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited. The full list of restrictions is available on the Governor's website.


Town Council Adopts Continuity of Government Ordinance

At a special meeting on April 3, 2020, the Leesburg Town Council adopted a continuity of government ordinance. This ordinance outlines how the town government will operate under the current emergency to ensure that critical services continue to be provided. The full ordinance can be downloaded below:


Information & Resources

The Loudoun County Health Department is the primary agency responsible for local response to public health issues, including the current coronavirus pandemic. We encourage residents to educate themselves and stay informed about the current situation. Loudoun County offers the following information resources:

  • Loudoun County Health Department information line
    • 703-737-8300
    • Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday throughFriday; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

  • County Coronavirus Webpage
    • Past briefings and press conferences
    • Links to Virginia Department of Health and CDC websites

  • Text LCCOVID19 to 888-777
    • To sign up anonymously up for the latest updates from Loudoun County regarding the Coronavirus. You will not have to create an Alert Loudoun account.
        
  • Loudoun County Department of Health & Human Services' Needs Assistance page.

  • CDC Coronavirus Webpage
    • The County and State Health Departments are following CDC guidance during this event



News Archive

Coronavirus-related news releases are listed below.

Town of Leesburg Projects $3.4 Million Revenue Shortfall in Fiscal Year 2020 Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Another potential $5.52 million shortfall projected from July through December.

Post Date:04/15/2020 10:16 AM

Leesburg, VA (April 15, 2020) – At last night’s town council meeting, Leesburg Town Manager Kaj Dentler unveiled revised budget projections for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020, which ends on June 30, 2020. 

The evolving projections include approximately $3.4 million in revenue shortfalls. The largest shortfall will be an estimated $1.5 million in lost parks and recreation revenue, resulting from the closure of Ida Lee Park Recreation Center and the cancellation of recreation classes, camps, and programs. The remaining projected revenue losses are $801,000 in meals and beverage taxes; $393,000 in transient occupancy taxes; $388,000 in business license taxes; $127,000 in parking revenue; and $228,000 in other miscellaneous fees and charges for services.

The Fiscal Year 2020 Budget originally anticipated a $1.3 million revenue surplus. With that surplus no longer a reality,  the total shortfall expected for the current fiscal year is just under $4.8 million. 

To make up this shortfall, Dentler outlined a series of expenditure cuts, mostly the result of facility closures and associated furloughing of flexible part-time staff at those facilities. Other cost-saving measures implemented by Dentler include a hiring freeze; elimination of all non-essential employee travel and training; deferred maintenance on roads, trails, and town facilities; delaying some planned capital asset replacements; and using a line of credit rather than bond proceeds to save on debt service costs. The proposed expenditures cuts fully offset the expected revenue shortfall, thus balancing the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, assuming current revised revenue projections are met. 

“Due to the town’s strong financial position, I am confident that we can manage the budget impacts through Fiscal Year 2020, though constant monitoring will be required,” Dentler said. “Moving into the next fiscal year, however, I am very concerned as it all depends on how quickly the economy recovers and consumer confidence returns.”

If the current pandemic situation is prolonged, town staff projects an additional $5.52 million revenue shortfall through the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2021, which begins on July 1, 2020. Staff will present updated projections at the council meeting on May 12, 2020.

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett
Public Information Officer
barnett@leesburgva.gov
703-771-2734

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