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Tax collectors cut with more than $1 billion in unpaid taxes

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For the first time, Wisconsinites owe more than $1 billion in overdue state taxes.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported the amount of delinquent taxes, fees and interest rose 27 percent in the fiscal year ending last July.

And if everybody paid up, about one-sixth of Wisconsin's massive budget deficit would disappear.

But because of the deficit, Gov. Jim Doyle says the state does not have the money to keep the tax collectors and auditors it now has.

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