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Government Revenues Down Due To COVID-19: Office of Management And Budget

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The administration’s Office of Management and Budget held its fall Revenue Estimating Conference on Wednesday where 18 of the government’s revenue-generating agencies provided a revenue outlook for Fiscal Year 2021. 

Governor Albert Bryan, OMB Director Jenifer O’Neal, and members of the governor’s cabinet shared the FY 21 revenue forecast with attendees at the virtual conference, which included members of the 33rd Legislature and Senators-elect who will join the 34th Legislature in January. 

Bryan said Wednesday that despite the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the economy, the USVI will maintain a level of stability through this fiscal year largely due to the administration’s cost-cutting and efforts to move forward government projects. 

 “Government projects are the things that stand between us and a real economic catastrophe. It’s not if it’s coming; it’s when it’s coming,” Bryan said. “Our ability to handle the finances thus far during this past year has proven very beneficial to us. We’re in a good cash position right now, and we’re in a good financial position. But we cannot stop there.” 

OMB Director O’Neal forecast a FY 2021 revenue of $773.4 million, which is down from FY 2019 actual revenue of $845.2 million. 

The Director’s breakdown of the revenue forecast for FY 2021 is: 

 “We do expect for 2021 the number is lower because, again, in the 2020 calendar year so far, we’ve had a number of closures, and a number of businesses have not been open for a long period of time,” O’Neal said. “A lot of people haven’t really been working, so we do expect our tax base will be a lot less and collections, therefore, will be a lot less in 2021.” 

According to a Moody’s Revenue Analysis done for OMB, the FY 2021 budgeted revenue of $773.4 million is followed by an estimated FY 2022 revenue of $756.3 million and an estimated FY 2023 revenue of $850.4 million. 

Some of the key points from the various agencies’ presentations at the Revenue Estimating Conference include: 

Video of the entire Revenue Estimating Conference is available on WTJX’s Facebook page and copies of the presentations are available on the OMB website:

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