The cost of policing, the city’s ‘largest single expense’, will increase in 2022

The police budget of nearly $ 8.7 million represents an increase of $ 188,000 over 2021, councilors learn; Cipolla makes another prayer for satellite office in the center

The city will pay about $ 188,000 more for policing in 2022 than it did this year.

The police budget is expected to be $ 8,691,509, while the figure in 2021 was $ 8,503,117.

That’s an estimate at the moment. Some factors may change this number.

During a recent operating budget meeting, Mayor Steve Clarke noted that the cost of having Ontario Provincial Police services in Orillia is the “biggest single expense” for the city.

The budget includes an expected loss of $ 31,250 in local and provincial priority funds. However, staff recently learned that a new call for applications for these grants will be issued and the Orillia Police Services Board will schedule a meeting to review a grant application.

There are some minor savings thanks to the removal of the previous surveillance cameras. That system was shut down in April, resulting in a $ 2,400 saving. It was replaced with the Security Camera Registry and Mapping program.

Insp. Coyer Yateman, head of the Orillia PPP department, said foot patrols in the center had increased by 50 percent by 2020-21. Despite that, there are still calls for more, especially from the Downtown Orillia Management Board (DOMB).

Clarke said there have been discussions with the board about the level of foot patrols.

“If the DOMB wants to insist that we move forward with foot patrols,” he said, it should prepare a comprehensive report focusing on costs and partnership opportunities.

“It will not be an insignificant cost,” he said, suggesting that an officer on foot patrol for 40 hours a week would come with a price tag of between $ 160,000 and $ 180,000.

grev. Ralph Cipolla asked if OPP was looking to set up a satellite office in the city center – something he has been hoping for since the department moved to western Orillia.

“People keep going on the streets looking for police help,” he said.

Kristine Preston, chief executive of the police board, said it would make more sense to have that discussion when the new board composition takes effect.

“We really need to consider having some kind of satellite office in the center. Please, think seriously about it,” Cipolla said.

The city’s capital budget negotiations are set to take place today and Wednesday, with the budget expected to be ratified during a special council meeting on 6 December.

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