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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Local governments feel the pinch of budget hits

RALEIGH – From town hall to the statehouse, governments are cinching their belts in reaction to a sour regional and national economy, and the public is seeing early signs of the squeeze.

Henderson County readers can no longer spend Sundays at the library. Nonprofits like the Asheville Art Museum are getting a little less help from taxpayers. Job seekers applying with Buncombe County government are out of luck.

Most changes are barely perceptible except to public employees, but the shortfalls anticipated by number crunchers have the potential to show up in the form of delayed building projects, unmet energy-saving goals and a lack of affordable housing.

Cuts in the safety net will come at the worst possible time, Henderson County Manager Steve Wyatt said. read more...

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