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Friday morning’s announcement of City Manager John Glascock’s proposed budget for the 2021 Fiscal Year had one major theme: uncertainty in the future.

According to a document provided at the announcement, the city was subject to declining sales tax growth, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on consumer activity.

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UM System President and Internim MU Chancellor Mun Choi will be joined by other MU leaders for a virtual town hall later this month.

Students and families are invited to attend at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 to discuss plans for the fall semester.

The webinar will focus primarily on the University's Show Me Renewal plan. The event will be available on Zoom and recorded for later viewing, according to an email from the chancellor's office.

Attendees can submit questions ahead of time through an online form.

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Mayor Brian Treece held a press briefing on Thursday to further clarify his proposed ordinance to mandate masks in Columbia.

Treece said the ordinance is a response to the rapid increase in COVID-19 case numbers in the area since re-opening measures began on May 4th.

“Overnight before 8 a.m. this morning, 14 additional positive cases were added and reported from the state lab, putting us on track to exceed 100 cases within just 9 days,” Treece said.

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Demonstrators organized at the University of Missouri’s Francis Quadrangle for a student-led protest on Tuesday night.

The protest had over 300 participants, according to the event’s Facebook page. Students and Columbia community members chanted, marched, and gave impassioned speeches about their experiences. Kirubel Mesfin was one such speaker, who has protested many times in the past few weeks.

“I saw 2500 people take a step forward on Sunday morning, and then I saw 2400 people take a step back, and 100 people take another step forward on Monday. Like, this is awesome, but I wanna see y’all tomorrow. I wanna know.” Mesfin said.

Speaker Kiessence Basset praised the efforts of protesters, but made it clear that changes can’t stop when they’re over. In particular, she pointed out a lack of change in racial injustice in the school system.

“When it comes to the injustices of black people, I don’t see that. I don’t see it. I don’t see it in education at Mizzou, the Concerned Student 1950, those list of demands? Some of them have been met. Not all of them. Not enough of them.”

Speakers said they hope to have more protests in the future. In some cities like Kansas City, there is ongoing discussion of police department reform.

Pat Fowler won Tuesday’s election to become Columbia’s next First Ward City Council member. According to the Boone County clerk, Fowler received 68.94% of votes with 657. Mark Anderson was in second place with 244 votes, and Greg Pierson finished with 52.

Fowler is a long-time activist in the community. Since 2003, she’s been heavily involved in city affairs.