August 15, 2014 – After months of study, planning and community engagement, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be implementing a new billing model to recoup the cost of providing policing services to municipalities. The new model will take effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and be phased in over a period of up to five years to allow municipalities time to adjust their budgets.
While there are more details to come, there remain serious inequities in the new formula.
Firstly, in using “households” to determine the distribution of the costs, no allowance is provided for the fact that a substantial number of those households are only occupied on a seasonal basis. This has been a key issue in recent municipal presentations (from Peterborough and Haliburton Counties) to the Minister.
Further, when these costs are charged to property owners they are not equal by household, but by assessment.
FOCA will continue to press for more reasonable and affordable options for providing OPP police services in our communities.
Stay tuned for further information about the impacts on local municipal budgets. Contact your local municipality to learn more about how this new model will affect your property taxes. Find your municipal link here…
OPP bill brings tax increase (Minden Times)
Wellington’s OPP Costs to Drop (Guelph Mercury)
Contain runaway pay of Ontario’s police and firefighters (Toronto Star)
Most municipalities will see OPP costs increase over five years (Canadian Press)
Cost of First Responders (Fire, and Police) Unsustainable – AMO (Toronto Star)
Taxpayers in Ontario cottage country face soaring policing costs (Globe and Mail)
Reaction from Peterborough County (Peterborough Examiner)
Reaction from North Bay (North Bay Nugget)
Reaction from Collingwood (Owen Sound SunTimes)