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Council passes revised 2011 levy and budget

Red Wing City Council passed a 2011 property tax levy and budget Monday significantly different than the ones Mayor John Howe vetoed Dec. 17.

Council approved a .46 percent increase to its levy -- compared to a 2 percent increase that was passed Dec. 13 -- and nixed two nixed two controversial franchise fees that were included in the previously approved budget.

To help make up for the cuts in revenue, council also cut some $383,000 out of next year's operating budget.

During Monday's meeting Howe said he would veto neither the levy nor the budget.

For more on this story see Wednesday's edition of the R-E.