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Local leaders concerned about city budgets

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Local leaders said they're concerned about not only the individual people in their communities, but also their workers.

Stevens Point mayor, Andrew Halverson, said he hopes after the state works out its plan to balance the budget.. they will repay the money to local governments. But he said he doubts that will ever happen.

"There are huge gaps in what municipalities will be cut versus what they will save because of our so-called tools," said Halverson. "And the governor, his math just simply doesn't add up in terms of how he's looking at this."

Halverson said the governor could have created a more gradual program, slowly increasing what local workers pay for retirement and insurance, instead of just one big jump.

"We're going to experience cuts in local government because the state was either unable, unwilling or made the wrong decisions, historically and currently, specifically to fix the financial situation that the state is in," said Halverson.

Halverson said the dramatic cuts could also create an economic lag across the state.

Online Reporter: Anna Carrera

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