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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/27/15 – 6:16 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> The city council approved the 2015-16 budget, including $350,000 cut to the animal shelter, but not after a spirited deliberation that went into the early morning hours.

The council voted to adopt the $43 million budget early Tuesday morning 3-2, with Mayor Ray Musser and Councilwoman Carol Timm opposed.

“We have to look at the whole city, we have to look at what’s beneficial. Running the shelter as we are right now is no longer status quo. We can’t do it, we can’t afford it,” said Councilwoman Debbie Stone.

More than 50 supporters from Friends of Upland Animal Shelter rallied in front of City Hall prior to the meeting, to stop funding cuts. Emotions were high as many of those supporters and residents who later addressed the council at the meeting, denouncing the cuts, stating it will lead to higher euthanasia rates and drop in public involvement.

The council itself debated the budget for nearly two hours coming up several motions and forming a new ad-hoc committee. The adopted includes a $350,000 chop to animal services and another $288,500 in savings after the city’s committee on finance agreed to keep several positions vacant.

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