SHUTDOWN: There should be little effect on county
If the federal government shuts down, the impact would be minimal on Pueblo County.
Social services receives a large amount of federal funding, but Director Tim Hart said major programs such as Medicaid and health care are protected.
“It’s possible there are some smaller components of those programs that may be affected, but so far we have not gotten any information from the state that would identify those components,” Hart said.
Virginia Jimenez, director of housing and human services, said the county’s share of federal funding and resources for food, senior and veterans programs already have been allotted.
“In Pueblo County, those services will continue. We’re pretty much set, for the short term anyway,” Jimenez said.
Sheriff Kirk Taylor said a possible shutdown would not have any effect on emergency services or Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program.
Funding for the new emergency operations center, being built with federal funds, has been locked in, as has CSEPP and other federal funds used at the county level.
A shutdown could prove problematic for CSEPP’s budget next year but “other than that, we’re already fully funded,” Taylor said.
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