Posted at: 10/01/2013 6:52 PM
By: Dan Conradt
Local Impact of Federal Government Shutdown
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- House Republicans want to defund the Affordable Healthcare Act through the spending bill.
And while a compromise isn't on the horizon, consequences of the shutdown are already being felt up and down main streets across America.
"We have to spend the money first, and then request reimbursement," said Austin school district finance director Mark Stotts.
Anticipating the shutdown, the federal government stopped making school reimbursements last week.
"For things like special education, title programs, the federal food service program," Stotts explained.
It's a relatively small portion of a school district's total budget, and the Austin school district doesn't anticipate needing any short-term borrowing to make ends meet.
"We have adequate reserves and we're in a good place. Now, districts who have tight cash flows, that might be a different situation for them," finance director Mark Stotts said.
But while the bell rang as usual at Austin schools, across town, there's a "closed" sign taped to the door.
"The Federal Farm Service Agency and the Rural Development and the Natural Resources Conservation Reserve are now on a shutdown," said Mower County SWCD director Bev Nordby.
The conservation district office is open, but it's only dealing with local and state projects.
"Conservation Reserve Program, CRP, can't take any applications for contractors or work on CRP at all."
The Wetland Reserve Program and several scheduled water and sediment control basin projects are also on "hold" because they're federally funded.
"Waiting a week or two isn't going to have a huge impact. it isn't going to have an impact on dollars, or anything like that," Bev Nordby told us.
But the question now is -- what if the stalemate in Washington drags on?
"If the shutdown lasts long enough, you could have concessions made by one or both sides, so we'll be watching that" the Austin school district’s Mark Stotts said.