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Cottage Grove budget plan to be reviewed after state tax changes; 9% levy proposal nixed

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An eleventh-hour tax deal reached by state lawmakers nullifies Cottage Grove's proposed 9 percent levy increase for next year and forces city officials to re-evaluate their initial 2014 budget.


After four years of essentially flat property tax levies, a preliminary budget proposed the staggering levy hike as part of a $14.6 million draft general fund budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

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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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