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Yellow Medicine county may cut contributions to regional initiatives

GRANITE FALLS -- A host of regional initiatives could fall to the budget axe in Yellow Medicine County.

The County Board of Commissioners gave its approval Tuesday to a budget cutting option that includes eliminating the county's contributions to the Prairie Waters tourism effort, Arts Meander, Southern Minnesota Tourism Coalition and groups including the Minnesota River Board and Highway 75 Coalition.

All told, the contributions amount to just under $30,000 of a $16 million budget. The cuts were part of two options approved by the commissioners on Tuesday. They represent an effort to reduce a projected $412,130 deficit by $89,000. The deficit projection for the 2010 budget is based on expected reductions in state funds and unallotment. The action is not necessarily final. The commissioners will not formally adopt the 2010 budget until sometime before a Dec. 15 deadline imposed by the state.

Tom Cherveny

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

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