Cities and counties working on 2014 budgets

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AUSTIN, Minn. — Counties and cities are plugging away when it comes to budgets.

And in Austin, it’s no different.

City leaders are currently busy at work putting the final touches on next year’s budget, which will include an increase of more than 750,000 dollars in Local Government Aid.

Besides that, there will be more good news for Austin residents when it comes to taxes.

“The levy itself is going to go down by a small amount and we of course have had a growth in the city as well,” City Administrator Jim Hurm said. “So, that means your share of the total property taxes will be even less.””

He adds the city currently has some of the lowest taxes in the state of Minnesota and they look to have the budget finalized in the middle part of September.

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