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Local governments prepare for Gov. Walker's budget


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker is expected to unveil his 2011-2013 budget at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, and already, leaders of Wisconsin's municipal government entities are gearing up for substantial cuts.

However, Walker has kept his cards close to his chest, so it's hard to prepare. That's been leading local government leaders to make contingency plans.

"I'm asking department heads to compile a list of changes that can be made," West Allis Mayor Dan Devine told our sister station WISN-TV 12 News in Milwaukee. "It's so hard to say at this point, but yes, there will be changes made, and we'll do what it takes. We'll keep the city going the best we can with what we have."

One suggestion Mayor Devine floated was collecting trash in West Allis every other week, instead of in its current weekly schedule.

Unlike the state and federal governments, municipal governments are not able to run deficits, and must always have a balanced budget.

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