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AMO to press Province for 'mitigation funding' for OPP policing

Posted March 31, 2014

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) OPP Billing Steering Committee has met four times since February to deal with looming changes to the provincial policing costing model in 2015, whose current financial implications will cost "the average per household" $369 (Base Service Level of (approx. $260) + Calls for Service).

Its impact is already being felt locally as the OPP have served notice that existing contracts will terminate Dec. 31, 2014, including the tri-party agreement between New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio and Essa Township for Nottawasaga OPP. Adjala-Tosorontio and Essa anticipate the new billing model will increase the cost of policing, particularly on the calls for service charges.

New Tecumseth hasn't taken an official position and doesn't expect to until the OPP reveals the final drafts of the new billing model, later this summer. However, because New Tecumseth's per house policing costs are currently over $500, the Town expects the cost of policing will decrease, as "it addresses how costs are distributed across OPP-policed municipalities."

Most of the outcry across the province comes from smaller, rural municipalities policed by the OPP. The AMO committee was mandated to review the overall impacts, and study alternative approaches. One key element includes "mitigation funding as part of a transition
process."

AMO's latest update to its members notes the "committee is preparing its draft report and is confident that it will be able to conclude its work and provide its advice to the government by early April."

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