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OPP billing model impacts still evolving, fate of PSB, tri-party deal in flux

Posted August 19, 2014

Last week, the provincial government released the new billing model municipalities that contract with the OPP will pay for their services starting January 1, 2015.

However, its impact on a case by case basis remains the unknown, and mayor Mike MacEachern told Free Press Online this morning via email from the annual AMO conference in London, that an information session yesterday with the OPP left questions unanswered.

Two pieces of the fall-out by the province cancelling current OPP contracts beyond 2014 fell in the Nottawasaga detachment area which has a police services board, and a tri-party cost sharing arrangement between New Tecumseth, 57 per cent; Essa, 30 per cent; and Adjala-Tosorontio, 13 per cent.

Under the new proposal, the OPP expect the average per property cost for OPP services in 2015 will be an average of $355. The per capita cost in New Tecumseth for policing now is about $520.

"I raised the issue of Civilian oversight of policing that has been lost in our area due to the cancellation of the contract," said the mayor. "The Ministry did indicate a concern with this unintended consequence and will be speaking to Nottawasaga Detachment and the municipalities to try to resolve this in a short time frame."

Inspector Dirk Cockburn, Nottwasaga OPP's detachment commander told Free Press Online that "short answer is nothing prohibits us from having a tri-party agreement and still waiting to hear back about PSB boards (if we don't have a contract in place for January)."

New Tecumseth council has one scheduled meeting remaining this term, Aug. 25th, but there are dates set aside at the call of the chair.

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