A2 City Administrator Talks Budget & Plans For City Hall & City Workers Moving Out Of The Pandemic

May 13, 2021

Ann Arbor city administrator Tom Crawford
Credit City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

Ann Arbor city administrator Tom Crawford says as they wrap up the next proposed city budget, they have a lot to consider. The cancellation of the Ann Arbor Art Fair means a loss of at least $15 million to the city, but they also got double the amount of federal stimulus funds than expected.

He talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry about that and shares his thoughts about when Ann Arbor's city hall may reopen to employees and residents.


City of Ann Arbor officials are currently putting together their next proposed budget and say they will be "indirectly affected" by the cancellation of this year's Ann Arbor Art Fair that typically brings in 15 million "new dollars" to the city. Ann Arbor city administrator Tom Crawford says the budget will be on the agenda at next Monday's city council meeting. Crawford said while pleased the city recently learned it will receive $24 million in federal stimulus money due to the pandemic, they have not yet decided how it will be spent.  

Crawford also said now that the metrics have changed, and Michigan employers can now allow workers back into offices and workplaces beginning May 24th. They are determining what that will look like in Ann Arbor City Hall. He said there is some thought of bringing workers back in June and reopening City Hall in July, but he adds nothing has been finalized yet.

 

The Ann Arbor city administrator says he's been impressed at how the community has embraced the vaccination effort. Crawford says he's optimistic how the summer is going to evolve in new and creative ways for a fun and rewarding summer coming out of the pandemic. As a community, he says the Ann Arbor park system is thriving, and they are excited about the services they are currently able to offer and plan to add more as soon as they can.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu