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City of North Las Vegas helps government employees with utilities during partial shutdown

In response to the ongoing government shutdown, many people say it's their job to support local Nevadans. Take North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee.

"They are people that I love and want to see win," Lee said.

Mayor Lee says the happenings in Washington have him worried about the financial burden of federal employees in his city.

"A lot of times people have child support payments, car payments, kids in college; they're stretched on their paycheck," Mayor Lee said.

The mayor says he wants to do what he can to help.

"These are not strangers to us; these are our neighbors," Lee said. "These are our friends so we have an opportunity that we can take and differ the water and sewer payments."

Starting now, and through the shutdown, federal employees or contractors who receive water and sewer services from the City of North Las Vegas and have good standing will be able to sign up for a deferred payment plan: Meaning they can pay what they can now, then pay down the balance of what's owed later. Mayor Lee says no interest or penalties will be assessed to their accounts.

"We want to make sure we protect our residents if that government can't do its job we will pick up and do our job," Lee said.

Wells Fargo Bank is also stepping up to help ease the pain of the government shutdown for federal workers.

In a statement from Well Fargo's corporate communications office, Tony Timmons said:

"During the shutdown, Wells Fargo will be automatically reversing monthly service and overdraft/non-sufficient fund fees for a customer who is an employee of an affected federal government agency and whose payroll check was direct deposited into the customer's account in November 2018. In addition, we will work with customers who do not have direct deposit or are not receiving an automatic fee reversal on an individual basis to assist them."

So how will the government shutdown affect the economy? A UNLV economist explains.