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Brome Lake Stuck With SQ Police
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The SQ will continue to provide police services to Brome LakeThe officers of the Sûreté du Québec will continue to patrol the town of Lac-Brome beyond their contract which expires in 2012, said Neil Stanley. Neil Stanley, the candidate for mayor of Lac-Brome cannot not see how Quebec would agree that the municipality is served by another police force.

If this prospect does not please him, Mr. Neil is resigned to accept. "We're stuck with the SQ. We have to make sure it works, "said former mayor before the regional media yesterday morning.

The possibility that Lac-Brome obtain a police coverage of the municipal police Bromont is not a viable option, says Neil, and even if it is a certain logic. The aspiring mayor of 63 years said that the contiguity of the two cities and the fact that Bromont will soon officially part of the MRC Brome-Missisquoi are important arguments weighing in favor of such a service agreement. The only hitch, and it is huge, he argues, is that the Minister of Public Safety oppose the project.

Stanley Neil - Mayor Candidate of Brome LakeEven if this prospect does not please him, Neil Stanley (oictured here) is resigned to accept that the Sûreté du Québec provides coverage of the town of Lac Brome. "We're stuck with the SQ. We have to ensure that it works," said the former mayor.

In the early 2000s, noted Neil, his administration had studied this scenario with the City of Bromont. The negative signals received from Quebec were quick to convince him not to implement this idea.

Nevertheless, Mr Neil believes that it is possible to obtain better services from the Surete du Quebec. The opportunity is beautiful, in its view, enjoy the raiding of the SQ from other municipalities, to demand better services. "It's time to tighten the screw to the SQ," he said in English (that's the time to put the squeeze on the SQ).

When he said that is what the 20 mayors of the MRC Brome-Missisquoi working for five years, he displays a certain skepticism. "The mayors have perhaps not pushed hard enough," he said.

Tax Rates

If elected on November 1, Neil promised to do everything not to increase taxes on behalf of taxpayers, despite the entry into force of the new assessment roll. It should be up about 25%, according to our information.

If budget does not surprise awaits him - "I want to know exactly how the city has been mismanaged in recent years," says he - Neil reduce the rate of taxation in the same proportion as the increase in property values. It is currently 88 cents per $ 100 valuation.

Based on, and thanks to, the recent article in La Voix De L'est.

Read other stories and comments on the SQ in Knowlton and Brome Lake:

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