Government closure affecting local household budgets

Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM.

The couple's babysitter, who tends their children, Emily, 2, and Davis, 10 months, said her husband was also furloughed. She can't explain to a creditor that the family's main wage earner is temporarily receiving no income.

"She told me, 'If only they could just furlough my mortgage,'" Katie said.

Far-reaching effects

"You may have shut down the government, but that doesn't stop the electricity bill, the mortgage or the cost of groceries from continuing to rack up," Katie stated in a letter to U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Chumuckla.

Civilian workers, such as J.D., and military contractor employees aren't the only people affected by the shutdown.

Thursday, Katie's parents were supposed to close on the sale of their Crestview house, but because the buyers have a government-backed loan, the sale was called off.

"It trickles down," Katie said. "Do I not send the kids to the babysitter? Do I cancel the housekeeper?"

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