A local government fiscal watchdog group last week endorsed the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's proposed $1.7 billion fiscal 2010 budget, calling it a "prudent response to revenue shortfalls."

The MWRD is prioritizing spending, controlling personnel costs, and implementing a modest increase to its property tax levy to balance its budget, said the review from the Civic Federation of Chicago. The district faced a $24 million deficit as it was crafting the budget, which cuts 18 positions.

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