Winnemucca City Mayor Rich Stone gives a “State of the City” informational update at a recent Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce lunch and learn event last week.
Winnemucca City Mayor Rich Stone gives a “State of the City” informational update at a recent Humboldt County Chamber of Commerce lunch and learn event last week.
The city may end above the fiscal year 2020-21 revenue projections this year, despite the COVID-19 shutdowns which have impacted businesses and events since March 2020. 

The city budget last year included an estimated revenue of $8.5 million, with estimated expenditures at $8.3 million.

“It was the first time in several years that we will have enough revenue to cover expenses, then COVID hit and the department of taxation advised cutting budgets by 20%,” said Stone. 

The city scaled revenue budgets back to $6.3 million with the uncertainty of the pandemic shutdowns and how it would impact revenue, with ending reserve enough to cover the additional $2 million in the spending budget. 

Stone said that with revenue streams and sales tax, most months in 2020 were higher than originally budgeted, with some months in double-digit increases, with the exception of April which had a 3% decline. 

 “I’m guessing by the end of June when the fiscal year ends we’ll probably have revenues of at least $8.3 million,” said Stone. “It may be more because of COVID funding, we could end up in excess of $2 million. We are in really great shape.” 

Stone said the city also purchased a new brush truck for its fire department at a great price. 

The city received approximately $1.4 million in CARES Act funding and the county received approximately $1.6 million. 

The city primarily distributed CARES Act funding to the Boys & Girls Club to fund the distance learning program and the Humboldt County School District for supplies. 

The county primarily distributed CARES Act funding to Humboldt General Hospital, county COVID expenses and to the local community business relief fund which helped over 30 businesses in Humboldt County. 

The city still has approximately $300,000 in COVID-19 CARES Act funding from last year, with the spending deadline moved to Dec. 31, 2021. The city will continue to utilize these funds for the city wastewater virus testing and other COVID expenses. 

Stone said that he appreciates everyone’s patience with the pandemic restrictions and that he hopes things are headed in the right direction. 

“We will never enforce, write citations, take business licenses away or shut you down within the city and I think the county is the same,” said Stone. “We’re there for you, we’re not going to shut you down, we appreciate the hard work you’ve done and maybe by the middle of summer we won’t have to wear the face masks.”