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Local governments, already hard hit by the coronavirus, are facing a fresh budget threat: economic recession

Cities are projecting decreases in sales tax revenue, one of their most important financial sources. How bad the losses are — and what will have to be cut — depends on how long the pandemic lasts.

An empty Sixth Street during rush hour in downtown Austin. The city’s streets were mostly empty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic in Texas. March 25, 2020.

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