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Budget fails to pass; talks resume Sunday

Mark Frison, chair of the Brandon Police Board, and Brandon Police Service Chief Ian Grant listen during budget deliberations, Saturday afternoon at city hall's council chambers.

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Mark Frison, chair of the Brandon Police Board, and Brandon Police Service Chief Ian Grant listen during budget deliberations, Saturday afternoon at city hall's council chambers. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)

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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Good for Shawn, Stephen ,Jeff, Len and John. Does Scott not realize the 250,000 may only be 3 or 4 employees. I am sure that wouldn't "rip the whole organization apart " Does he have that close a relationship that he doesn't want to see his buddies go !!!!This city has to get a grip on their spending. I am sure the police don't need to trade cars every three years when other city's for 4 or 5
YOU FIVE HANG IN THERE---YOU WERE VOTED IN THER BECAUSE YOU MAYBE HAVE MORE COMMON SENCE THAN THE REST. The paper didn't say whether the retired cop voted for or against the police. My guess he didn't want the cut for his friends

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."

Well I think if you don't do enough this time us tax payers are going to "rip your organization apart" come election time!

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