Mary Jane Burke, Marin County superintendent of schools, at left, said that of the $125,000 that Marin County school districts would be forced to cut this year, Shoreline Unified — which includes schools in Point Reyes Station and Tomales — would account for nearly all of it. That is because the cuts scheduled to take effect on Friday include a program that compensates school districts that lose property tax revenue because they contain large amounts of federal land.
Burke estimates that if the federal cuts remain in effect over the next three years, they would cost Marin school districts a total of $5 million in lost revenue. Most of that revenue would come from programs for special education, which are federally mandated..."We are already underfunding special education by about $25 million in Marin County," Burke said.
"[Golden Gate's National Recreation Center's Howard] Levitt said visitors would also see a reduction in the number of programs available, 'both for the general public and our curriculum-based school programs that reach thousands of school children a year.'
Lewis Jordan, executive director of the Marin Housing Authority, declined to estimate how large a slice the federal cuts would take from his agency's budget. But, Jordan said, "It could have a devastating effect on us." He said nearly all of the housing authority's revenue comes from the federal government.
The housing authority oversees 500 units of public housing in Marin and administers a program that supplies 1,500 Section 8 housing vouchers to low-income Marin residents, which covers a large portion of their monthly rent.
Jordan said the cuts wouldn't cause anyone to lose their Section 8 voucher immediately. But he said the housing authority might have to reduce the number of vouchers in the future by not issuing new ones when people transition out of the program.
Jordan said, "The are currently 9,000 people on the waiting list."