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Hello: Re­cent dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing po­lice and fire ser­vice bud­gets have prompted me to write this let­ter.

I am not out to cut jobs in the po­lice and fire ser­vices. I am try­ing to save as many jobs as pos­si­ble without hav­ing to con­sider the use of the OPP or vol­un­teer fire fighters. We need to con­tinue to make sure that we are meet­ing our leg­isla­tive re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

The facts are clear, emer­gency ser­vices are now tak­ing al­most 50% of our en­tire bud­get, nearly dou­bled in the last 20 years. All the fi­nan­cial ex­perts tell us that our cor­po­ra­tion can’t con­tinue to fund at the present rate.

With re­spect to the re­cent is­sue of op­tions for Coun­cil to con­sider re­gard­ing the fu­ture of po­lice and fire ser­vices, our Ad­min­is­tra­tion work­ing co­op­er­a­tively with the Po­lice Ser­vices Board, will have an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop plans for mod­ern­iz­ing our pub­lic safety ser­vices.

I firmly be­lieve that a new pub­lic safety cam­pus that can ac­com­mo­date our po­lice, fire, para­medic and by-law ser­vices, will save lots of hu­man re­source time and money. The new fa­cil­ity needs to be equipped with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy avail­able al­low­ing for flex­i­bil­ity in

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