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2009 budget worrisome, 2010 looks worse

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It was a rougher-than-usual budget road for Cottage Grove officials last year, and the route ahead looks rockier yet, strewn with the remains of a housing market gone kaput, city leaders said last week.

It was no easy task to keep budget growth down in 2008, officials said last fall, and 2009 looks much the same in light of a stagnant economy. But it's looking a little farther ahead that worries those running the city.

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