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Health costs and prison closure lead to levy hike in Swift Co.

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BENSON -- Swift County Commissioners gave preliminary approval this week to a levy of $8,235,250 for 2011. That's a 3.6 percent increase from the previous year.

The driving force behind the $286,833 levy increase is salary negotiations, increased health care insurance costs and revenue losses from the closure of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, said Auditor Byron Giese.

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