OPP Costing Initiative - 2017
The next steps in looking at policing for Midland began on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 as Town Council received the costing presentation from the OPP. If you were unable to attend, you may view the video archive of our Council Live Stream or Rogers Midland TV broadcast.
The Town and its members of Council have been receiving a lot of questions about the process, both financial and otherwise. If you have a question, please submit it to our Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll ensure it gets to the Costing Committee.
In addition, we will shorty post and populate a running Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section in this space. Please check back for that soon.
OPP Costing Committee
The Costing Committee consists of the following members:
Gord McKay (Midland Mayor), Glen Canning (Councillor), George MacDonald (Councillor), Stewart Strathearn (Councillor and Police Service Board Member), Midland Police Chief Mike Osborne,
Susan Turnbull (Treasurer, Town of Midland), and John Skorobohacz (CAO, Town of Midland).
The committee will be supported by the firms Asymmetric Consulting Inc. and Pomax Consulting Inc., both experienced in this type of work and analysis.
OPP Costing Background
(Town of Midland Media Release - 24/03/2016)
In late 2015, OPP launched a new "simplified" billing model for their services. Since that time several communities across Ontario have expressed an interest in obtaining an OPP costing. At its December meeting, Midland Council unanimously agreed to proceed with requesting a costing from the OPP.
"Policing costs account for a significant part of the Town's annual budget," said Mayor Gord McKay. Last year, Policing represented 27.5% of the municipal budget, the largest share of any department. McKay adds, "The proportional growth of this number is also of concern to Council, as just five years ago the police budget represented only 16-18% of the annual budget."
While the costing will provide financial information, Midland Council remains committed to ensuring that the high quality level of policing service is maintained. "There's no question that Midland Police and OPP both provide a quality policing service," said McKay. "The costing exercise will be structured to ensure that we are comparing similar levels of policing services for the community. Once the costing analysis is complete, we can turn our attention to the question of whether we want to change services or not."
Council has also approved the composition of the OPP Costing Process Ad Hoc Committee to assist in the process. The Committee includes members of Council, Staff, the Council Representative from the Police Services Board, and the Chief of Police.
Additional Media Coverage
OPP Make Pitch To Police Midland - CTV News, 09/02/17)
The Numbers Are Out - (104.1 The Dock FM, 09/02/17)
Midland To Consider OPP Proposal for Policing - (CTV News, 06/02/17)
OPP Costing For Town of Midland to Begin (Midland Mirror, 06/02/17)