Ontario Provincial Police are changing the rules which means South Bruce Peninsula isn't getting their expected annual rebates and it's got councillors upset.
Manager of Financial Services Michael Humble, says a letter they received in late September from the OPP, states that the 2015 contract reconciliation will not be paid out as before but will be held and applied as a credit against a future contract in 2017.
The problem is the money -- about $200,000 -- was expected back and indeed was part of the money budgeted for 2015 on the revenue side for the town.
It means, the town's budget for this year would have come up short but Humble says it can be handled via a transfer from the Operation Surplus but in 2016 it comes up short again and Humble got approval to transfer $200,000 from the working capital reserve to cover that shortfall.
Humble says to not cover the shortfall, means the onus falls on taxpayers and it would automatically mean a two to three per cent increase on the tax levy if nothing is done.
Mayor Janice Jackson says she's frustrated with the policing model where they have no say in how things unfold and it virtually leaves the municipality being "held hostage."
Council has approved a letter of protest being sent to the OPP and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services on withholding rebates of taxpayer's money for a future use as a credit against contract costs.
The letter will also be sent to various Ontario municipalities serviced by the OPP, looking for support in the protest.
South Bruce Peninsula is spending over an estimated $2.4-million for police services in 2015 and again in 2016.