Ontario mayor worries about future of local businesses amid COVID-19

Posted at 7:55 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 21:55:18-04

ONTARIO, OREGON — Malheur County across the border in Oregon has 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the city of Ontario has felt the effects of COVID-19 in an economic way.

Mayor Riley Hill told Idaho News 6 the coronavirus is hitting small businesses hard, and he worries about the future of some of said businesses. However, he says the city is working to help those who are struggling because of the coronavirus.

"We probably had a 1.2 billion dollar surplus, and estimates now are that we are going to have a 2.2 to 2.4 billion shortfall," Mayor Hill said.

Mayor Hill also told Idaho News 6 that these statistics don't count the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System, and says he's also worried about future funding for the program.