It's going to cost almost $2.4 million to cover Brockton's 2020 OPP policing costs. (2.35 million.)
This is a $251,000 increase over the current year.
Mayor Chris Peabody notes this increase includes the $336,000 needed to cover Court Security and Prisoner Transportation costs.
It's Peabody's hope the Province will again provide Brockton with Court Security and Transportation grant dollars to help offset some of these expenses.
In 2019, Brockton received a grant of $216,000 Court Security and Prisoner Transportation allotment grant and he is hoping a similar grant amount will come forth for 2020.
Without those grant dollars, Peabody says Brockton's tax rate would increase significantly.
Without Court Security and Transportation grant dollars the policing budget increase would equate to a three per cent tax increase in Brockton.
It's Peabody's hope that Brockton will receive notification soon that the grant dollars will be allotted to the municipality.
He notes, being a "Court House" town (Walkerton) comes with extra police costings.
Policing makes up a significant amount of Brockton's budget.
Based on the current policing costs, by 2020 Brockton households will pay $498 a year on policing.