The showdown at high noon

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UNDER PRESSURE: Heated public concern over Council's final budget.

THERE was a showdown at high noon last Tuesday, as an unhappy capacity crowd faced off against council as they attempted to usher in the final budget.

You could almost hear the whistling theme from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as council shuffled their papers and swallowed hard, while the residents shifted nervously like restless cattle packed in to the saleyards.

There had been heated debate over the budget in the last few months, with the council receiving 240 odd submissions from ratepayers.

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