Daleville Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth said the future of federal funding and other impacts sequestration will have on the nation’s cities and towns remains uncertain, a point she said was reiterated at a conference involving Vice President Joe Biden and other members of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
Wigglesworth was among 1,600 mayors and councilmen across the nation who attended the National League of Cities 2013 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., this week. While there, Wigglesworth said Biden, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were among speakers who addressed attendees on issues relating to sequestration, economic development, gun violence and education reform.
Wigglesworth said she also met with U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, on the reduction or elimination of federal funding. Wigglesworth, who serves on the league’s Military Community Council, said federal funds generally come to Wiregrass cities in the form of Community Development Block Grants, law enforcement grants and Federal Emergency Management Agency funds.
“…Sequestration has hit and the tsunami is out," she said.
"We’re just waiting to see how big the wave is when it hits shore here in Daleville. With the lack of a (federal) budget, there’s still a lot of uncertainty on the funding cuts and how it will affect us.”
According to a press release, the Congressional City Conference offers local officials the opportunity to find ways federal resources can help grow the nation’s economy, create jobs, and strengthen the foundation of cities and towns.