OPP costs hit nerve with local mayors

Obscenely high and unsustainable policing costs. OPP bills are destroying communities its officers are supposed to protect. Apparent self-interest is cloaked in the guise of public safety needs. Where is the political outrage while OPP costs continue to climb? Who is going to bring policing costs in this province under control?

OPP costs hit nerve with local mayors

Postby Thomas » Fri May 01, 2015 2:19 am

SOUTH MUSKOKA - Local mayors went to bat for taxpayers over policing costs last week.

During the April 23 meeting of the corporate and emergency services committee at the district, a motion was brought forward to allocate policing costs based on the actual costs for each lower tier municipality as provided by the OPP rather than the district spreading the cost evenly throughout all six areas.

Gravenhurst mayor Paisley Donaldson didn’t hold back. Clearly angered by the proposal, she said she wouldn’t be backing the motion.

“The district’s role is to spread the money out so we can all survive,” she said, noting individual budgets were already approved. “Maybe if we had known we wouldn’t have passed so many other things at our local level.”

Bracebridge mayor Graydon Smith also opposed the motion. It was later defeated.

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