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Kozak/Severyn respond to police budget hike request

What do Nelson’s two mayoral challengers have to say about the police department’s call for a big budget increase?

Police want two more officers and an admin person and that would cost around $300,000 a year extra.

Councillor Deb Kozak says this needs a deeper community conversation because police are confronted by a higher workload of mental health calls and that’s due to provincial downloading.

Meanwhile Pat Severyn – a former Nelson Police officer – says council will decide on the matter but he fully supports the request.

He adds he wouldn’t think differently if he’d had a different career.

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