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Governor's cuts force local cities, county to look hard at budgets

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Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Local Government Aid unallotment announcements earlier this week will affect some government entities more than others.

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Park Rapids will see a decrease of 3.31 percent in 2009, or about $74,778. In 2010, the decrease will be even more, 7.64 percent, or $172,541.

"We already adopted a very conservative budget this year," said Administrator Bill Smith. "Now we're going to have to make cuts where it will hurt."

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