Jimmy Hardy walks as his daughter, Ava, rides her bike at Liberty Center Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Liberty Township. Most businesses are closed at Liberty Center due to the to Stay-At-Home order in place. The coronavirus pandemic is really just in its infancy here but Butler County governments are starting to take steps in case sales, income tax and other revenues tumble under shelter in place orders.
The largest revenue source for county government is sales tax. While people are still allowed to shop, and are in some cases are spending a lot hoarding things like toilet paper, the projected $44 million in Butler County sales tax revenues is sure to plummet the longer the pandemic lingers. NICK GRAHAM / STAFF