Political Notebook

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Fight withdrawn

City Councilman Mitch Harper, R-4th, tried to take a stand against the administration this week over it asking to spend nearly $10 million without a definite plan of where the money would come from.

Harper has made such arguments before, but he appeared to choose a losing battle in asking his colleagues to delay voting on upgrading the city’s 911 emergency phone system.

While many of his colleagues agreed that the city should have presented a more specific plan of how it would finance such a large purchase – no member wanted to be seen as voting against such a critical public safety component.

“I would hope in the future we would have more advance notice,” Councilman Geoff Paddock, D-5th, said of the expense before voting to support it.

Councilman Tom Didier, R-3rd, defended the need to progress the purchase by relaying the story of how he had to call the fire department this week after a gas leak was discovered at his house.

In the end Harper withdrew his effort to delay the vote after it was apparent it would fail.

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