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Gov’t shutdown should not affect city

From page A1 | October 09, 2013 | 11 Comments

“We don’t anticipate any real effect on the city from the government shutdown,” said City Manager Cleve Morris. “We have federal money coming in, but it’s a COPS grant and other funding for transportation projects has already been appropriated, so we don’t feel there will be any major effect.”

“The city participated in a phone conference with representatives from the White House,” said City Financial Director Dave Warren. The conference was coordinated by the League of California Cities to answer questions cities had about the effects of the federal shutdown.

“Some of our projects receive federal funding,” said Warren, “like transportation projects such as the Western Placerville Interchanges Project and the widening of the Placerville Drive Bridge and the Blairs Lane Bridge. We also receive money for public safety through the COPS grant.”

The COPS grant is administered by the Department of Justice, one of the few federal departments not shut down and the money for the three-year grant has already been appropriated so there will be no interruption of funds, said Warren.

The transportation projects in the area will also continue to be funded as the money for the projects was appropriated years ago and the city applies to Caltrans for reimbursement.

The city of Placerville receives 52 percent of its general fund revenue from sale tax, said Warren.”We don’t anticipate any direct effect on the city, but, depending on how long the government shutdown lasts, there could be indirect effects.”

If the shutdown lasts 2-3 weeks, Warren said the effects should be negligible, but if it lasts longer, the effect on consumer spending may be significant. “Tourism could be affected if people lose faith in the economy and stop spending,” he said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”



Discussion | 11 comments

  • 1036-FrankOctober 08, 2013 - 2:29 pm

    Rest assured the Bummer Gang operating as the USDA and USFS will try to find something in the city limits to close down and with Tahoe heavily impacted with closures never before seen there will be lost business all over. So far, the USFS road leading to the Sly Park Science Center was enough for the USFS to stop school kids from surrounding areas from going to the camp just because a road was federal which makes little sense as federal roads are located throughout the county, why close the camp suddenly? So anything/everything is likely with this crazed bunch of out of control angry liberals from DC.

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  • caminosenseOctober 09, 2013 - 8:24 am

    The furloughed federal employees and contractors who walk silently among us, buying stuff at the big box stores and the mom and pop shops will likely be missed. We probably don't have civil servants in great numbers in ElDoCo, but their having to cut back -because of the idiots in DC can't do their job- will have some effect on our economy. Lost tax dollars, lost local purchases, congress already saying that they will get paid after this Shutstorm for not being allowed to work. All for window dressing. All incumbents (yes, you, Tom McClintock) must be removed!!

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  • EvelynOctober 09, 2013 - 8:29 am

    caminosense: A forestry service employee I know says that, though prohibited from doing ANY sort of work, he's still being paid.

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  • EvelynOctober 15, 2013 - 7:47 pm

    CORRECTION: The forestry service employee I mentioned is NOT being paid.

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  • 1036-FrankOctober 09, 2013 - 9:07 am

    All "essential" federal employees are being paid, the number I heard was about 80% of employees are working. All incumbents to be voted out/ impeached should start at the top and include the two state Senators and Pelosi, the very one who was holding a rally for illegals near the closed WWII Memorial yesterday in front of veterans who have had enough of these "closures" of open air memorials by angry liberals. Who opened the "closed" area for Pelosi's rally and stunt for non-citizens?

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  • Dee#1October 09, 2013 - 10:09 am

    The amnesty rally was an issue of free speech. So when we all do our hikes, fishing and hunting in our National Forest, carry a sign to exercise our free speech.

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  • EvelynOctober 09, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Dee#1: Report back after making your first sign-carrying attempt. (The Mt. Dem's injunction on particular punctuation marks cripples my sentences.)

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  • Dee#1October 09, 2013 - 10:49 am

    Yesterday we went to Tahoe to defy the closure, but so many others were there we couldn't find a parking place any where close. No armed goons seen anywhere. The Twin Lakes Parking Lot warned of Law Enforcement on duty but we didn't see any.

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  • Dee#1October 09, 2013 - 10:59 am

    Evelyn, here a Michelle Malkin link that covers what is happening in other parts of the country.------- not appropriate for progressive.

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  • Dee#1October 09, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    An article about the solidarity of the Democrats. I find it funny.-----

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  • J WhippleOctober 10, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Hope these ridiculous republicans realize they're destroying America sooner rather than later...

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