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Jan 13, 2010 10:06 AM by Associated Press

Fort Carson braces for spending cuts

Soldiers at Fort Carson may have start cutting the grass, hauling trash and take on other chores because of a proposed 20 percent cut in the post's operating budget.

Army posts nationwide may see their budgets cut as the military tries to hold down non-war spending while escalating the fight in Afghanistan. Col. Robert McLaughlin, the garrison commander, says he was told to cut operational expenses by 20 percent.

Civilian contract workers who now do maintenance, yard work, food service and other jobs could be at risk.

Fort Carson officials say it will be up to individual contractors to decide their staffing levels if the value of the contracts shrinks.

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