Goldsboro trying to assess impact of sequestration cuts at Seymo - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Goldsboro assessing impact of sequestration at Seymour Johnson AFB

Posted: Updated:
It's estimated Seymour Johnson Air Fore Base has a $20 million payroll. It's estimated Seymour Johnson Air Fore Base has a $20 million payroll.
GOLDSBORO, N.C. -

In Goldsboro, 600 civilian employees at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are affected by the military cutbacks created by sequestration.

This is the second week of furloughs for the air base.

The original Pentagon cuts involved the flight line for 336th fighter squadron, but those funds were restored yesterday. However, the civilian employees must still take furlough days and people are waiting to see just how it will shake out.

"It's hard to measure when you're talking cuts at Seymour because it involves housing, clothing, automobiles and things like that," said Wilber Shirley.

Shirley runs a local BBQ restaurant, and over the past few decades has seen good times and bad times when it comes to jobs at the base.

"This is something new," he said. "We've had cutbacks and we'd get over it, but this kind of cutback this is a different thing."

Seymour Johnson and the City of Goldsboro are tied together. As one prospers, so does the other; so any kind of cutbacks directly affect the local economy.

"When we heard there might be cutbacks, our concern was for some of the local businesses as well as for some that have moved on here," said resident Jack Boyette.

It's estimated the base has a $20 million payroll. The loss of some of those dollars flowing into the local economy will have a domino effect in everything from real estate and housing to all kinds services

"We are hoping they will be able to hold on through this period of this cutback and stay with us," explained Boyette.
 
But others think the impact of the cuts may be overestimated..

"I don't think it's going to hurt us that much," said resident Ray Boyette. "We all have to tighten our belts and get on budget once in a while."

Meanwhile the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is talking about more cutbacks next year. The folks living in Goldsboro say they don't want to talk about that unless and until it happens.

Steve Sbraccia

Steve is an award-winning reporter for WNCN and former assistant professor. A seasoned professional, Steve is proud to call the Triangle home since 2005 after over two decades in Boston, Mass.  More>>

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Owner of Raleigh 'Party Mansion' guilty of tax evasion

    Monday, April 14 2014 4:07 PM EDT2014-04-14 20:07:04 GMT
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
    Claude Verbal II, who now lives in Miami, pleads guilty to a number of federal tax evasion charges.
  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
  • NC judge to rule against teacher tenure state law

    NC judge to rule against teacher tenure state law

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-04-23 23:18:26 GMT
    A Guilford County judge is backing two school districts fighting a North Carolina law that phases out job protections for public school teachers in favor of employment contracts.
    A Guilford County judge is backing two school districts fighting a North Carolina law that phases out job protections for public school teachers in favor of employment contracts.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.