Durham officials aren’t sure what effect, if any, the federal government’s “sequester” budget cuts would have on the city if they take effect Friday.
“I am just real hesitant to get involved in the rhetoric about that,” City Manager Tom Bonfield said.
The most direct possible effect Bonfield had heard of was a cut in Community Development Block Grant money the city uses for neighborhood revitalization and low-cost housing.
“But that’s just in very preliminary conversations,” he said.
Community Development Director Reginald Johnson, whose office administers CDBG grants, said he hasn’t had any information from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department, or from private organizations that keep tabs on federal action affecting housing.
The sequester is “something we’re looking at,” Johnson said, “but right now … we have no idea what that means at the local level.”