As the Pennsylvania budget remains at an impasse, financial officers are starting to eye their books and how long they can survive the stalemate.

While the Berks County government and school boards around the state are often able to cover the missing funds from the state#x2019;s budget for the time being, that coverage comes at a price.

#x201c;It#x2019;s called opportunity cost,#x201d; said Berks County Chief Operating Officer Carl Geffken.

That is the cost of missing interest payments the money would have been earning from investments and accounts if it were not being used in place of state funding. Geffken said #x201c;thousands of dollars#x201d; in earnings will evaporate because of it.