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City Manager John Chattin listens as Bemidji City Councilor Roger Hellquist discusses the possibility of eliminating the city's community development director position Monday night during a City Council work session. The council voted 4-3 to eliminate the position by the end of 2009 and add those dollars to the city's general fund for 2010. Pioneer Photo/ Bethany Wesley

Budget crunch hits city; City Council votes 4-3 to cut one position

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The Bemidji City Council on Monday voted to eliminate the city's community development director position, despite the objections of the city manager.

The 4-3 decision was made during an emotional meeting on the city's 2010 budget. City staff had recommended that the council consider a 21.9 percent levy increase for 2010, but the majority of the council found that figure too high.

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