Government shutdown caught many by surprise in Merced

MERCED, California

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The board of supervisors approved the shut down last year. Deciding on planned furloughs rather than massive layoffs.

The county says the plan allows it to put resources towards critical, state mandated services, and save taxpayers about $2 million bucks a year. But it was an inconvenience for dozens of people who couldn't pay their property taxes.

Taxes are due Tuesday, when county offices will be back open but officials also say you can pay them online now.

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