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Government Shutdown Won’t Affect Garbage Collection in Washington, D.C.

This differs from the shutdown that happened in 2013, when the city’s budget was frozen because it was tired to the federal government.

The federal government partially shut down on Saturday after the Senate blocked a short-term spending bill on Friday evening. During this shut down, the city will have access to revenues from local taxes, so services like trash collection won’t be affected, according to Jenny Reed, director of Washington, D.C.’s Office of Budget and Performance Management.

This differs from the shutdown that happened in 2013, when the city’s budget was frozen because it was tired to the federal government. The frozen budget caused trash pileups around the city since sanitation workers weren’t getting paid during the shutdown.

Oregon Public Broadcasting has more information:

During the last government shutdown, in 2013, garbage piled up in parts of Washington, D.C. The city’s budget was frozen because it was tied to the federal government. Washington was only able to function by dipping into its emergency reserves. It won’t be doing that again.

“We have an exemption for our local funds during the shutdown,” said Jenny Reed, director of D.C.’s Office of Budget and Performance Management.

Reed said during the shutdown, Washington will be able to access revenues from local taxes. That’ll be enough to keep services like trash collection going, she said.

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