PLAINFIELD, NJ — A recorded message by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp in a robocall Tuesday evening cited the latest number of coronavirus cases in Plainfield, and included a message about an upcoming special meeting on the budget.

As of Tuesday evening, the mayor said, there are 89 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, and 119 individuals who are under quarantine.  The cases affect residents ranging from 13-years-old up to 96-years-old.

"As for our budget, we expect to introduce it on or about April 13 at a special meeting of the council. The city's revenues have been dramatically affected. That means we may not generate the level of funds necessary to keep the city afloat. Our finance professionals estimated that under a worst case scenario, we could have a revenue shortfall of about 18 million dollars," Mayor Mapp said.

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He added, "This figure is based on a tax collection rate of 70 percent which would be down from 97.3 percent in 2019. Many of our residents have lost their jobs and are barely holding on.  I have already sounded the alarm bells to the Governor's office. Rest assured that I will do all that I can to pursue from the County, State, and Federal government the financial assistance that our city will need."

The Mayor also appealed to residents to stay off the streets. Earlier Tuesday, the Plainfield Police Department issued an alert that they will enforce the 'Stay At Home' Executive Order.

Mapp will hold a Facebook Live session on Wednesday at 6 p.m.  It will be hosted on the City of Plainfield's Facebook page.

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