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CUTLINE: Farmer Eugene Smallidge of Cottage Grove was among Washington County residents who questioned their property taxes and the county's 2010 budget at a public hearing Tuesday. Smallidge was holding a soil book that he said used to be used to help determine the value of his agricultural property. He told commissioners that the property taxes on some of his agricultural property are going up more than three-fold. Staff photo by Scott Wente

Citizens to county: Cut taxes, spending

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Residents gave Washington County commissioners more than an earful at a budget hearing, telling them that government should cut spending and not increase property taxes in an economic recession.

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