AUSTIN (KXAN) - With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looking more and more likely, how might it affect things in Central Texas?
The answer: more than likely citizens won't notice the shutdown, as long as they're not employees of the federal government. From that standpoint, there aren't many who receive paychecks from Uncle Sam in the Austin area.
The only place that would shut down completely is on The University of Texas campus. According to Anne Wheeler at the LBJ Presidential Library , if the government shuts down, so will the library.
It will be work as usual over at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport , according to ABIA spokesman Jim Halbrook.
Halbrook said all Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration employees are considered essential and therefore will not be affected.
For the roughly 200,000 people nationwide who are waiting for their passport applications to be processed, they will have to wait a little longer ir the government shuts down.
If that passport is already in the mail, then no worries about not getting it. The U.S. Postal Service does not receive any tax dollars, therefore it would not be affected by a government shutdown.
Over at the Texas National Guard, officials said they're watching and waiting. Most of the 22,000 Guard troops in the state of Texas are state employees and therefore will not be affected, according to Col. William Meehan.
Meehan said there are roughly 150 federal military employees based at Camp Mabry who could be affected by a shutdown.
The city of Austin has numerous employees whose salaries are funded by federal grants, but according to city spokesman Rene Telles, the city received the money to fund those positions earlier in the year -- meaning they won't be affected.
"Any time there is the potential for a loss in federal funding we are concerned," said Telles. "When we have more detailed information from the federal government we will be able to give more detailed information as to how the city will respond."
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