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Fiscal Cliff Could Impact Kent County

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DOVER, Del.- The deadline to reach a compromise on the so-called fiscal cliff is approaching.

Many people in Kent County, Del., say the impact is already being felt.

"This is the hardest I've ever struggled this holiday. I don't know if my son will have a good Christmas," said Royzetta Fountain.

Residents like Fountain could see more taxes being drained from her paycheck. It is something Kent County officials don't want to see happen.

Kent County Administrator Michael Petit de Mange said commissioners are concerned about impacts to county revenue.

"If demand for the services declines, so does the revenue associated with those services," said Petit de Mange.

Petit de Mange said cuts could also be felt in public safety.

Officials also say less money from the federal government would mean cuts to fee-based services, county revenue and more.

The community development block grant program could also take a hit.

"From time to time it does rely on federal funding sources for equipment to provide a quality service here in Delaware," said Petit de Mange.

Others like Rob McClure say he doesn't see how the economy could get any worse.

"My wallet's been impacted ever since Republicans been in office. It can't go nowhere but up if something different happens," said McClure.

McClure said both parties need to do what right.

"That's if they care about the country or the people," McClure said.

"The rich, the higher-ups, they need to come over here and walk in our shoes for a month and see how we live and then they'll understand that we live paycheck to paycheck and it's a struggle out here," Fountain said.

It is a struggle for many as they can only hope a compromise is met in Washington before the deadline. 


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