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REPORTING · 7th November 2011
Walter McFarlane
The next questioner asked how the Council could cut 2 police jobs as an increase in population means an increase in crime.

Joanne Monaghan said the reason they cut the positions, it was a decision of Council because we lost Eurocan and the population was diminishing. She said as more tax dollars became available, they would expand their services.

Jim Thom said he was shocked to learn this. He said there will be a lot more people in the community. The Police and Ambulance calls will increase tenfold. He promised to bring the police force up to snuff and speak with the staff sergeant to get his views.

Randy Halyk stood by this decision. He said Eurocan had shut down and Kitimat was looking at 4 million dollars less. They made cuts everywhere. It was a long drawn out process and all of Council have to take responsibility for this. The community needs to make sure it has the services for dealing with the increase in population to ensure safety.

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Comment by Lou on 7th November 2011
Re Randy's comment "They made cuts everywhere" - I beg to differ! When the perfect opportunities (plural) arose, there was no reduction made to exempt staff. That could have saved taxpayers a b-b-b-bundle.