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"There has been a continued belief that wages at the municipality are not what they should be but I think that's anecdotal and there is really not much hard evidence of that fact.
"Pretty much every year we talk about this. What people are having a difficult time understanding is that you cannot freeze wages when you're in a contract so it sounds like something easy to do but when you ask the question 'Is it possible?' and the answer is 'no,' you quickly move on to other directions, you search for other options."
A second budget open house featuring the results of the Community Life Survey and a summary of the proposed budget will be held on Monday, Dec. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Spruce Grove Fieldhouse.