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FIRST ON 3: Government shutdown costing New Hanover Co. $300,000 a week; Planning service cuts

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMAIL FROM COUNTY MANAGER CHRIS COUDRIET TO NEW HANOVER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Commissioners:

I shared with you yesterday at agenda review that New Hanover County expects to lose $300,000 weekly in revenue because of the federal government shutdown. Those lost revenues come in the form of direct benefit reductions and are currently isolated to the Department of Social Services. In the near term or by month’s end the loss of revenue may grow to other department programs – most specifically known as of this date is the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program.

In response to lost funding, the administration is moving forward with the following reduction plan, effective immediately, to generate the necessary weekly reduction of $300,000:

· Federally funded adult day care services will be eliminated;

· Federally funded social services contracts will be suspended;

· Federally funded child day care services will be eliminated;

· All vacant positions in the general fund will be frozen;

· All capital outlay purchases will be suspended for 90 days.

Clearly, the board can and may choose to override this plan. However, that should be done via a budget amendment to make dollars available.

As noted yesterday, there are real and direct impacts to the community by following this plan. These are not easy actions that we’re taking, but they are the consequence of Congress’ inability to pass a federal budget.

Impacts include:

· 16 adults receiving adult day care service will need to resort to long term care placement. These 16 adults receive care currently at Elderhaus and Adult Day Services.

· 3 service contracts with providers are suspended;

o 16 families and children receiving intensive in-home services via the Methodist Home for Children will be ended;

o 105 child and family mediations for families involved with child protective services will be ended

o 20 unemployed persons receiving job skill development and employment search services via Phoenix Employment Ministry will be ended.

· 1,588 child care subsidies for families will be ended, including 100 children in foster care. 84 child care facilities will lose this revenue.

This represents our first stop-loss plan with the predictable consequences of its implementation. We will revisit on a daily basis the elements in our plan, we will watch closely Congress’ progress, and above all we will keep the board apprised of what we learn, what we change, and what we implement.

Thank you in advance for your support of these difficult but necessary administrative actions.

Regards,

Chris C.

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Shame on you all.

The children and families losing these DHHS funds are not "free-loaders" these are children receiving intensive in-home therapy because they've been physically, sexually, or mentally abused or neglected, families who've taken in foster children who will no longer be able to pay for daycare for those children they've graciously taken in to their homes. Everyone commenting on this story ought to be ashamed of themselves.

You know, you could try to

You know, you could try to raise the funds yourselves.... Hopefully learn the lesson here and cut back reliance on federal money :/. Maybe earn your guys salaries for a change <,<.

Hurting the public is not

Hurting the public is not the answer. You could cut city officals salaries to help defecit. City officals make way more than they should. If you really care about the community there are things you could do without hurting public. But who cares about public right? Let them fend for themselves and take the money from the poor so the rich can substain their luxury lifestyles!!!

Shut it Down

The government should be run like a business. With the exception of a very few services (emergency services, military, national security, etc) if it can't support itself, cut it out. Initially, it would be painful for some, but in the end, the money saved, by taxpayers, would eventually be funneled to, and spent by, those organizations who should be "taking care of those in need" such as families, churches and civic groups.

Wilmington Observer

Does this mean I dont have

Does this mean I dont have to pay Federal taxes while government is shut down. I worked on state and federal jobs for a long time. If the average citizen found out how much tax money is wasted everyday on every job the public would be outraged. Thousands of dollars a day wasted on EACH JOB everyday!!! State spends federal money just so they dont have to give it back even if they dont need it. That way they get more the next year!!!! You would be even more P*ssed if you knew how much was put into politicians pockets and corporate kickbacks. You hard earned tax dollars Lining some tuxedos pockets. That is where funds are being wasted!! Not by helping the low income families that are responsible for the majority of tax revenue!!!! If a politician is making $30,000 a month like th former WHA CEO. If the average family pays $1,000 a month in taxes thats 30 families paying one mans salary. We earn that money they do not. Firefighters are forced second jobs why can't politcians earn there bread???

This is such as easy fix.

This is such as easy fix. Just have the fathers step up and support their kids and baby mommas.

Well...Well

Politics of Fear!
Oh boy, the Democrat finally surfaced in Mr. Coudriet. He tries to hide it by registering as an independent but he's a raging liberal and a henchman for Barfield. How come he didn't close museums and parks like the rest of the democrats. Oh no! he picked seniors and childern to put the elected officials in the hot seat. Have you figured that out yet Woody? I guess that big fat raise the little guy got was well worth it.

dam people, can no one

dam people, can no one function without federal assistance??? Can no one operate within a budget constraint? a local beach has got their hand out hoping for a 500,000 grant to build a 300' pier to let sailboaters tie up to when they are going up and down the waterway! for Christ sake, is all this touchy, do good spending actually necessary??

Why...

Why don't Chris C.(as he signed the memo) talk about his reduction in pay while the shutdown is going on? Oh wait, that never happened!! His six didgit salary will not be touched. Easy to make decisions when it does not hurt your wallet, huh!!!