Presidential budget cuts in southwest Georgia
Thu, 18 Apr 2013 01:39:36 GMT —
In FOX 31's Facebook story of the day people wanted to know how the president's budget would affect public health and education in southwest Georgia.
Southwest Georgia health care officials say it's a waiting game to find out how it will directly affect their programs.
"The state will be reviewing the federal budget and then will be determining how that will affect us at the local level at some point," said Brenda Greene, Deputy Director of the Southwest Georgia Health Department.
WIC, HIV AIDS awareness, and immunization programs all receive federal funding.
"We do have some concerns about how we will be able to deliver services to the patients that we serve," said Brenda Greene.
Greene says because of recent cuts they're already down to the bare bones and there isn't much more room to cut. Although federal funds may soon be limited, she says hopefully they'll be able to be able to continue providing quality services.
"Most of our budgets are not funded solely with federal dollars or solely with state dollars or just county dollars. Usually it's a mixture of funding Brenda," said Greene.
As she waits to find out about the changes in her budget, school officials say they also don't know how some programs will be affected.
Last year Georgia school officials were instructed by national leaders to expect a 9 percent cut in Title I funds and a 5.3 percent reduction in special education funds.
"Fortunately it doesn't appear that it's going to be as high of a percentage. So if school systems were planning for the amount last year then they may be better off than what the actual cut may end up being," said Matt Cardoza, Communications Director for the Georgia Board of Education.
While Title I and special education cuts won't go into effect until July 1st, Matt Cardoza says school systems that have a military base are already noticing changes in their impact aid.
"That's money that actually is getting cut more immediately than the other grants," said Cardoza.
He says if a plan isn't worked out in Washington D.C. before July 1st, the cuts that will go into effect will be painful for Georgia's school systems.