In case you have not heard already, the OPP’s wage contract will see an across-the-board raise throughout the province of 8.55% in 2014 — meaning every constable on the Bancroft-area force will be making $95,000 a year.
A little overtime, a little court time, every officer has the potential on being on next year’s Sunshine List of civil servants making over $100,000.
Bancroft Coun. Paul Jenkins, head of the budget committee, figures this could represent a 2.5% increase to property taxes since, as it stands now, the cost of policing takes up 23% of Bancroft’s taxes.
In dollars, it costs each household $640 a year to pay for policing, despite the union saying the provincial average is $160 a household.
Now don’t take this as a shot at our local police, because it isn’t? They do a great job.
The problem is the a very dated formula now being used to calculate policing costs which must be renegotiated, with the good news being that Bancroft Mayor Bernice Jenkins has been asked to sit on the provincial committee with the head of the OPP’s municipal policing bureau.
The policing costs, frankly, are not sustainable.
In detachment commander Mark Wolfe, Bancroft has someone who understands the dilemma.
And that’s good news for ratepayers.