County mainly unaffected by government shutdown
Thursday, October 3rd
By ALAN REED and EMILY WEAVER
News Staff Reporters
MOUNT VERNON — The current partial shutdown of the Federal government is raising numerous questions on programs that may be affected at various local levels. While 800,000 Federal employees may be temporarily out of work and non-essential programs and services suspended, the biggest effect locally is being felt by farmers in need assistance from the Knox County Farm Services Agency.
An automated answering system at the KCFSA gives no indication that the office is closed, however, the website for the office is not available, due to the “lapse in federal government funding.”
Knox County Commissioners Teresa Bemiller and Thom Collier were both unaware of any county offices being directly affected by the current shutdown.
“For us directly here, it really is not affecting us,” said Bemiller. She said that most funding and services through Jobs and Family Services are administered through the state and should not be affected. Knox County JFS Director Matthew Kurtz could not be reached for further information. “I really don’t know of anything we’re being affected by,” said Bemiller.
“We’re not noticing anything that’s affecting us at the county level,” said Collier, who added that those at the state level who are working with Federal government loans may see the inability to conduct business. “People who are getting FHA loans may see a cog in the wheel,” he said.
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