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Mower County Board votes against human services merger

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's been four years of debate and discussion, but Tuesday morning the Mower County Board decided against merging human services with three other counties.

The project, which would have required the county to fund $1-million dollars for the next phase, would have merged the Dodge, Steele, Mower and Waseca counties' human services departments.

But the board unanimously voted against merger because officials said there were too many unanswered questions, especially pertaining to costs.

Dodge and Steele counties had approved moving ahead with the merger, but Mower County Officials voted 5-0 against the project, effectively ending four years of talks.

Waseca County is still set vote on the project in the next few weeks.

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