With the shutdown of the United States government in its second day today, some municipal and school officials are waiting to see the overall impact on Highland Park citizens.
“I’m not seeing an immediate impact but I don’t know what subtleties will be apparent over time,” Highland Park City Manager David Knapp said.
North Shore School District 112 does not believe there will be an impact, according to Communications Director Andi Rosen. There is less certainty for Highland Park High School, according to Township High School District 113 Communications Director Melinda Vajdic. “There could be an impact, but we won’t know until the payment hits,” Vajdic said.
Both District 112 and the high school are already feeling the impact of the federal sequester which went into effect earlier this year and reduced payments of impact aid to offset property taxes that do not come from military housing in Highland Park.
“It doesn’t make our lives any easier,” Vajdic said.