Cherry Point officials uncertain of extent of budget cuts

Published: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:18 PM.

She did say unanticipated repair service inside or outside the facility has stopped.

“The Navy doesn’t have that money, so that work has stopped until April 1,” she said.

Kevin Roberts, director of the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, said all businesses would feel the impacts of furloughs.

“It’s going to hurt all of us,” he said. “Our elected officials are out on recess and this is going to hit home.”

Bill Naumann, co-chairman of the chamber’s Military Alliance, said base workers would make priorities

“Those employees are going to pay their mortgages and car payments,” he said. “That 20 percent is money that won’t be spent at area restaurants and retail businesses.”

Zimmerman told the group that money was available for construction, including a plan to relocate the base armory in anticipation of the Slocum Road-U.S. 70 flyover interchange as well as an aircraft support facility.

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