(AJC) — Local governments in metro Atlanta are bracing for cuts as President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans clash over federal spending. Local officials say it’s too soon to know the full impact. But they say budgets proposed by the president and House Republicans would mean cuts in block grant programs that have helped pay for homeless shelters in Atlanta, a health clinic in Cobb County, and a senior center in Gwinnett County. DeKalb County is looking to the funds to build a new fire station.
“We are concerned, but we knew there was going to be a cut,” said Nick Autorina, managing director of Cobb County’s Community Development Block Grant program, which could see its funding cut to 2008 levels under Obama’s budget. Conflicting visions of federal spending have been on display in recent days in Washington.