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City levies up, down and flat

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Weeks of public discussion about proposed city spending for 2014 came to an end last week when Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport approved preliminary budgets and property tax levies for the coming year.

Cottage Grove plans a 3.7 percent property tax levy increase next year while St. Paul Park, with the help of a large Local Government Aid payment, is planning to lower its property tax levy by 1.5 percent. Newport is leaving its levy unchanged.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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