On August 15th, the Province of Ontario announced a new billing model for the OPP’s contracted police services. The new model will take effect on January 1st, 2015. Policing is often the largest single expenditure in municipal budgets; some cottage-country municipalities (and property taxpayers) will be hit hard by these new changes! The actual effect on our property taxes is still undetermined, and Township Council will have to assess the impact in the overall context of its budget. So despite $40 being a cap over the next 5 years (as noted by the provincial government), it is not reflective of your actual property tax bill, which will be in proportion to your MPAC assessments.
The OPP’s announcement, and its potential impact, were on the agendas for both the Algonquin Highlands Council and the County of Halibuton meetings on August 21st and 27th, respectively. For the latest information and press releases, visit the County of Halibuton’s website: click here.
The Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Association (CHA) (of which OLA is a member) has also responded click here for their opinion.
You can also visit the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations (FOCA) website (of which OLA is also a member) for further information.