Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson said the federal government shutdown, which became official at midnight Tuesday, would not immediately affect county government operations.
“There are all sorts of implications long term,” Dodson said. “Particularly the grant and federal funding process.”
Dodson said most of the grants the county receives are in the form of reimbursement, and, therefore, should not immediately affect the county’s operations or cash flow.
If the government shutdown lasts only a matter of days, Dodson said he feels comfortable that the county government will not be impacted.
“If it stretches into weeks and months, we have to start rethinking what we’re doing,” he said.
Dodson said he spent most of Monday speaking with state agencies that the county works with to see how they might be affected.
“They were all scrambling around as well,” he said.
Dodson said the county would continue to look for ways it may be impacted by the shutdown.
“It will be something that becomes what we do,” Dodson said. “It’s not something you sit around and plan for, and have contingencies for. This is new ground.”
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