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Routt County Road & Bridge mechanic Jason Bongiorno fuels up a plow truck Friday morning at the country shop in Steamboat Springs. Skyrocketing diesel fuel costs and a big winter have led the city and country to exceed fuel budgets.

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Gas prices draining local, county budgets

Rising oil costs, record snowfall shattering expense projections

Record snowfall and soaring fuel costs have set both Routt County and the city of Steamboat Springs on a course to overshoot their 2008 budgets for transit and road maintenance.

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