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Jim Mulder of the Association of Minnesota Counties, left, and Beltrami County Commissioner Joe Vene listen to other speakers Tuesday as county officials announce what they call a redesign of government. Pioneer Photo/Don Davis

Counties propose cost-saving plans

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The state can't do business as usual, say county officials who want to take over state maintenance work and pay for it through county-imposed sales taxes.

"County commissioners believe our current government system is unsustainable and needs to be fundamentally transformed," Clay County Commissioner Jon Evert and Association of Minnesota Counties president, said Tuesday.

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