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New Budget Could Raise Prices at Commissaries

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(KCEN) – The proposed budget cuts to the Department of Defense could mean rising prices at commissaries across posts.

Taxpayer subsidies would be cut by two-thirds with the commissary budget going from $1.4 billion dollars to $400 million over the next three years.

This means prices will be raised to help pay for operation costs, and the 30% savings many military families, retirees and veterans enjoy at commissaries could drop down to as low as 10%.

"Seventy percent of military families live off installations, and a lot of them still shop at commissaries. If this happens, many will just say they can get better deals elsewhere," executive director of National Military Family Association Joyce Raezer said.

Raezer says this huge reduction in the commissary budget will not only hurt military families across the nation, but it will cause a downward spiral for the stores. She says the attractiveness of shopping at the stores – the savings – will basically be eliminated and less people will shop at commissaries, which in turn raise prices even more.

"The thing that is so scary about the combination of some of the things we see in the budget is there is a hit to military family's purchasing power, and financial stability from several different angles," she said. "People are going to hurt financially if some of these proposals, especially the commissary proposal, go through."

While many Fort Hood families agree losing the savings will hurt their families, others disagree saying they don't shop at the base's commissary anyway because it's cheaper to shop elsewhere.

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