Brandon city council failed to pass the 2014 budget tonight.
Some flared tempers and long debates gave way to the slight reduction from the initial proposal of 2.85 per cent, but the reduction didn't satistfy Stephen Montague (Richmond), Shawn Berry (Linden Lanes) and Jeff Fawcett (Assinaboine), Len Isleifson (Riverview) and John LoRegio (Meadows).
Council tried to cut $100,000 from Brandon Fire and Emergency Services while the Brandon Police Service survived a propsed $100,000 slash today from the 75.3 per cent, however all decisions are now up for further debate.
Montague's late-evening proposal to cut $250,000 from city staffing didn't pass after a hard-fought battle, however that too will hit the council table again.
City manager Scott Hildebrand told the main proponents of the staff cuts that "we can only do so much at once ... or were' going to rip this whole organization apart."
Other cuts which didn't pass yesterday inlcuded funding to Rennaisance Brandon, the Brandon General Museum, the Cenntenial Auditorium and a $1-million reserve for the Keystone Centre.
Budget talks will resume on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
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