Sequestration expected to impact Havelock

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 04:27 PM.

The possibility of job cuts on top of the furloughs has her worried.

"My biggest concern would be that if we lost a lot of positions, not just with the pay cut," she said. "The next step of economic impact would be a number of people laid off or contracts would not be renewed or whatever, and the third would be that it would cause the whole base to shut down. That would be the ultimate economic impact."

Gene Bell, owner of Gene’s Audio in Havelock, said the civilian furloughs may not impact his business as much because he caters to the younger Marines. Still, he’s concerned.

"We’re more affected by cutbacks in the Marine Corps," he said. "Our business is car audio and is targeted towards younger people, not older people, per se. We’ll be affected, but nowhere near as much as we would be affected by a cutback in the Marines. They’re talking the base could be cut back by a third. That’s a huge number."

After hearing Zimmerman speak, 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 Military Alliance, said base workers would make priorities that could hurt small businesses.



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