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Saint John police, fire decry planned 2018 budget cuts

Saint John police, fire decry planned 2018 budget cuts
From Global News - December 7, 2017

Saint John Mayor Don Darling says the citys 2018 budget, if approved, will be the most difficult it has ever had to pass.

Council is expected to debate and vote on the document Mondaythat would see police and fire budgets hit by a combined $2.5 million that continues to draw a concerned response from both organizations.

We can only guess that this will be jobs for our firefighters, said Peter Alexander, president of the Saint John Firefighters Association. Whether that translates into cutting off a fire station, usually thats one in the same.

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Constable Duane Squires is president of the Saint John Police Association.

With the slides that were presented to the council, it had mentioned cuts to our traffic department and our community services unit, he said. Those are units that directly deal with our community on a daily basis.

Police and firefighter salaries have been at the forefront of the mayors argument.

We cant also ignore the fact that 87 to 90 per cent of those budgets are made up of wages so I dont know how paying someone makes this city safer, said Darling.

That response is not being well received.

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