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'First cut' Cottage Grove budget proposal includes 8.5% levy hike

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After several years of flat or modest property tax levy changes, the initial city of Cottage Grove 2015 budget proposal includes an 8.5 percent levy hike.

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The increase would help cover rising expenses, a bump in employee pay, an anticipated double-digit jump in staff health insurance premiums and new equipment purchases that were deferred in past years. The budget does not include any new employee positions.

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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