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Montgomery County Stands To Lose $500,000 Per Day During Shutdown

With the federal government shut down for the first time in 17 years, the potential impact to one of the largest counties in the region will happen right away.

Like many counties in the region, Montgomery County has close ties to the federal government. Of the estimated 90,000 federal workers who live in Maryland, 70,000 live in Montgomery County.

County Executive Ike Leggett says the impact of the federal shutdown on his jurisdiction extends far beyond the loss of income tax revenue.

“Clearly the various grants that we have, the contractors that work for the federal government... We’ve not identified all the services at this point in time. We’re still in the process of evaluating that. We’re monitoring it very carefully and don’t have all of the potential impacts, but we do know that in terms of revenue to the county given the 70,000 federal employees that live in the county we’ve calculated a loss to the county of $500,000 for each day the employees are out," he says.

The last federal government shutdowns back in 1995 and 1996 lasted for a combined 26 days.


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