BENTON HARBOR — Benton Harbor city commissioners are faced with tough choices as they grapple with a deficit of $437,721 in this year’s budget, which ends June 30.

City Manager Ellis Mitchell told commissioners during a budget hearing Wednesday that the projected shortage is mostly because of less revenue coming in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only were many businesses closed for almost three months, but many employees have been working from home who usually work in the city but live elsewhere. He said that will have an unknown effect on city income tax revenue.

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