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Federal budget cuts could impact thousands here in the east

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Looming military budget cuts could soon cost you money.

The coming weeks will be a waiting game for civilian workers at Cherry Point's Fleet Readiness Center East.  The Department of Defense is deciding whether or not to make budget cuts that would stop aircraft maintenance for the second half of 2013.

James Norment is a representative for Allies of Cherry Point's Tomorrow, an advocacy group for the base's civilian employees.

"We're looking at a potential across the board cut at the air station and the depot of 10 to 12 percent in their work load and their wages," said Norment.

That cut would put close to 2500 employees on furloughs that would keep them home for one day each week, for 22 weeks. Norment says the potential cuts would also have a huge impact on the local economy.

"Most people who work at Cherry Point spend their money in Craven County. And suddenly they're going to spend 10 percent less. The county's budget also goes down by 10 percent. Which means fewer services here or at least more expensive services when they do get delivered to the entire county," said Norment.

The cuts would save the government about $5 million through the end of the fiscal year. If implemented, the furloughs would be expected to start in April.
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