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Saratoga mayor, safety boss push for new facility

"First of all, he doesn't have any specific numbers for those grants," Franck said, "and bonding $17 million turns into $32 million with interest over 25 years. It doesn't change anything."

Keehn proposed paring away from the 2008 budget all the projects except for the top-ranked public safety facility, EMS and fire station, and projects with previously dedicated money, moving the rest into the future, to cut nearly $8 million from the $26 million 2008 capital budget.

Franck said it wouldn't change the overall tax implications to the citizens of Saratoga Springs. "You're not doing away with those projects, you're just going to move them to 2009," he said.

Moore said Franck had made campaign promises to work for a new police station and was now "talking out the other side of his mouth while he's on a short leash being held by [Public Works Commissioner] Tom McTygue."

Franck said he isn't beholden to anyone but the taxpayer.

"I'm not running against anyone, so I have no reason to lie," he said. "I've never said that the city doesn't need a police station. What I've said is that we don't need a police station that goes from 6,800 square feet, to 32,000 square feet."

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