From senior meals to code enforcement, several local public services will be affected by the $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts that took effect last week.

Just how severe the impact of so-called sequestration will be, however, remains to be seen.

That’s because information from the federal agencies that fund the programs, such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, could take 30 more days to hit the local level.

“We’re just waiting,” said Moises Carillo, Glendale’s community development supervisor.

During the 2011 debate over the debt limit, Congress and the White House agreed on the cuts, known as sequestration, expecting to compromise over more palatable spending plans by Friday. That didn’t happen, initiating a flurry of finger pointing and dire warnings of impending impacts to everything from airport security to public health programs.

Despite discussions on Capitol Hill on how to reach a spending agreement, service providers are planning for the worst.

March 7, 2013
Glendale News-Press
By Brittany Levine

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