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Notice & Agenda for Council Meeting on July 31, 2013

An additional meeting of Council has been scheduled for 9:00AM on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Lloyd Watson Centre in Wilberforce.

Download file: 2013.07.31_agenda.pdf

Reeve's Letter to Residents re: Proposed OPP Billing Model

The Municipality of Highlands East needs your help!

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proposing to significantly change the way in which it bills for policing services in communities served by the OPP. Currently, the OPP bill is based on a deployment model that reflects a municipality’s actual crime rate. This is a user pay system that we believe is fair. 

The proposed model calls for a per-household cost as well as a cost per call for service. The local implications of this model could result in County-wide policing costs climbing from $3.3 million to $8.5 million, and tax increases as high as 36% in Algonquin Highlands, 33% in Dysart, 25% in Highlands East and 20% in Minden Hills. 

We believe the proposed Billing Model is fundamentally flawed for the following reasons: 

  • Using households to allocate costs is wrong because households are not cost drivers of all crime in a community;
  • This proposal excludes the Commercial, Industrial and Institutional sectors of communities - where crime happens, and places the burden on household-heavy communities like ours;
  • The ratio of fixed and variable costs contained in the proposed billing model has not been validated.

All four municipalities in Haliburton County have been working together on this important issue since November 2013. We have been calling on the OPP and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to reconsider or modify the proposed funding model. Our continued collective efforts through letters to the Premier, various MPPs, a face-to-face discussion with OPP representatives, and a delegation with the Minister and senior OPP officials at a recent conference have been to no avail. 

To help strengthen our arguments, please consider writing a letter or sending an email to explain how this will impact you and/or your business to the Premier and to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.  Contact information can be found below. If you are a seasonal resident, you may also wish to CC your letter to the MPP in the riding in which you vote provincially. 

Please visit the Proposed OPP Billing page at haliburtoncounty.ca/proposed-opp-billing-model/ for further information and see samples of letters that can help you craft your personal message.

We also ask that you join us on our Day of Action on May 1, 2014 to phone, email, fax or tweet your concerns using #OPPMayDay. For further details on our Day of Action, please go to www.haliburtoncounty.ca.    

Yours truly,

Dave Burton
Reeve 

#OPPMayDay Day of Action Contact Information

You may write to Premier Kathleen Wynne:

By online form at: https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/en/feedback/default.aspx

By email at: [email protected]

By letter:
The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
RE: OPP Billing Reform

Phone: 416-325-1941
TTY: 800-387-5559

You may write to Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services:

By email at: [email protected]

By letter:
The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
George Drew Building
18th Floor
25 Grosvenor St.
Toronto ON M7A1Y6
RE: OPP Billing Reform

General Inquiry: 416-326-5000
Toll Free: 866-517-0571
TTY: 416-326-5511
TTY Toll Free: 866-517-0572
Fax: 416-325-6067

You can use this website to find your local MPP's contact information: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/member_addresses.do?locale=en

The County of Haliburton has assembled some highlight documents on this issue, which you can read here: http://www.haliburtoncounty.ca/proposed-opp-billing-model/

You can see a video message about Billing Reform from OPP Superintendent Rick Philbin here: http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index

Remember our Day of Action

Thursday May 1, 2014
Phone, email, fax or tweet
#OPPMayDay

Minutes for Council Meeting on April 8, 2014

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Agenda for Council Meeting on April 8, 2014

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Notice regarding the adoption of the 2014 Budget

Council for the Municipality of Highlands East proposes to enact a by-law to adopt the 2014 Municipal Budget. Notice is hereby provided that a public meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 9:00AM in the Council Chambers in Wilberforce, Ontario.

Minutes for Council Meeting on March 25, 2014

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Agenda for Council Meeting on March 25, 2014

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Minutes for Council Meeting on March 11, 2014

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Agenda for Council Meeting on March 11, 2014

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