Department of Defense holds public meeting to discuss budget cuts

In lieu of budget cuts, the Department of Defense has been tasked to cut the nation's defenses across the world, and Fort Benning will be affected.

The Department of Defense is conducting listening sessions all across the country to discuss how these potential cuts could impact the regions where U.S. military bases are located. 

Governor Nathan Deal, Congressman Sanford Bishop, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and a host of other heavy hitters attended the meeting to discuss just how big of an impact downsizing Fort Benning will be to this community.

Both the private and public sectors in the Greater Columbus region have invested about $3.6 billion just to meet the needs of the soldiers on Fort Benning.

That includes, among other things, the building of new homes, new schools, and new infrastructure.

Now, the Army has to cut almost 14,000 jobs; that's military personnel, civilians, and contractors. So if those jobs leave the region, it could potentially reduce our population by about 27,000 people and according the Chamber of Commerce that could mean a loss of about $1.3 billion in total wages, retail sales, and tax collections.

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