Delays in furloughs don't bring optimism

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM.

He said workers are already cutting back on their personal spending, such as on clothes or dinners out, which is impacting the region’s economy. 

“We are fighting to get that changed and have some support from our congressional delegation,” he said of furloughs, “but it is still set and the impact is not just on bureaucrats, the labor force and engineers at FRC East and the air station. It’s all the employees, the fire department, police force, the security guards.”

“If you apply that to 4,000 plus or minus a few, most of whom live in Craven and Carteret counties, it makes up a sizable portion of the workforce,” Norment said.

“It’s like all those people having a 20 percent pay cut and I’m very concerned about area business as they head into the holiday season. I expect employees will cover essential expenses but discretionary spending for them is more substantial than other portions of the population who don’t work on the air station.

“It will cause a significant hit on local business, anxiety in the community and have direct impact on chambers of commerce and business. This will not just cause a ripple effect. It will cause a direct effect.” 

Exactly how it will affect the government tax receipts of Craven County and area cities remains unclear, even as they are involved in budget preparation for the next fiscal year.

“It’s hard to judge,” Craven County Manager Jack Veit said. “If it hits disposable income first and people get back to basics, we may be alright on sales tax.”

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