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CHEYENNE — During a time of budget cuts, some city leaders in Cheyenne are balking at paying $20,000 for a bronze statue for a park.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Wednesday that the city council's finance committee voted 2-1 to recommend against buying the four-foot bronze statue of a rabbit.

The money has already been set aside for the sculpture called "Hare Raising", designed by Missouri artist Tim Cherry specifically for the park's entrance.

The city has laid off 20 workers and councilman Don Pierson said the timing was "atrocious."

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Councilman Jimmy Valdez said the statue has nothing to do with employees being cut. The money can't be spent elsewhere unless it's reappropriated.

The full council will discuss the issue on Monday.

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