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City of Willmar Public Works crews move a mound of snow Tuesday from the city parking lot across the street from the Willmar Public Library. Municipalities in the region are raising their property tax levies to maintain basic services as they cope with decreased local government aid payments from the state. Tribune photoby Ron Adams

Area city budgets go lean into the new year


MONTEVIDEO -- City employees in Montevideo voluntarily agreed to cut a previously negotiated pay increase by half.

City council members in Olivia imposed a wage freeze on city employees on the top of their pay scales.

In Dawson, council members decided not to re-fill the position of a retiring police officer, reducing the hours of police coverage in the community.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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