Posted: Oct 9, 2012 9:47 PM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Updated: Oct 9, 2012 10:32 PM
The Butte-Silver Bow Chief Executive candidates had a heated debate in front of the community.
Incumbent candidate Paul Babb and candidate Matt Vincent went back and forth with statements and rebuttals during the debate tonight.
Both candidates were asked how they would preserve historic buildings in Butte if elected as Chief Executive.
Matt Vincent says he will find a way to keep buildings like the Brinks Building standing and that he was displeased that council decided to remove the Greek Cafe.
Paul Babb replied that he and his council of commissioners make informed and tough decisions when considering removing historic buildings.
"Under my administration I will make it a priority to prioritize our historic resources and come up with better, more efficient ways of enforcing our protocols as it relates to buildings, as it relates to inventory on historic resources," says Vincent.
"We weigh all the information, we take that information to heart, we make an informed decision. One of the things that I can tell you, there wasn't a person that sat in those meetings that didn't have a gut wrenching decision when you have a room full of people that are for one side or the other," replied Babb.
Both candidates were asked their position about the health department falling into debt.
Babb says he would consider subsidizing or have a new entity take over.
Vincent says he would take a look at expenditures and spending costs.