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County budget battles loom ahead

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When the Minnesota Legislature's session ended last spring and lawmakers imposed levy limits, counties were warned they'd have to do some dire belt tightening.

A nearly $1 billion state deficit caused legislators to pass the 3.9 percent levy limit, allowing counties only inflationary increases over the previous year's levy. The limits are in effect for taxes payable between 2009 and 2011. They were adopted to keep rising property taxes from becoming oppressive.

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