The Province has placed the final 2018 court security and prisoner transportation grant on hold while it conducts a expenditure management review. The move has Brockton very concerned.
To date Brockton has only received 54 thousand dollars of its promised 217 thousand dollars in Court Security and Prisoner Transportation Grant Dollars for 2018.
Mayor Chris Peabody calls the decision to place the grant on hold while the Province conducts an expenditure management review concerning.
He is urging the current government to honour the promise made by the previous Liberal government to provide the grant dollars.
Brockton is sending a letter as well as requesting a delegation with the Ministry at the upcoming Ontario Good Roads Association Conference to convey in person just how important and necessary this funding is to Brockton.
Peabody notes that criminals from other municipalities are being sent to Brockton, so it only fair that the municipality receive compensation to help offset these costs.
If Brockton were to lose out on the remaining 163 thousand dollars in funding, staff say it would represent a two percent increase on the tax base.
Peabody says this is not a cost Brockton can shoulder alone.
On top of all of this, Brockton’s 2019 OPP budget is also increasing by 1.9 percent which equates to a 22 thousand dollar increase from the previous year for a total of $2,077,152 dollars.