The Board approved the 2019 York Regional Police Operating Budget of $333.9 million which is a 3.21 percent increase over last year’s budget. The budget includes the addition of 53 additional personnel to address population growth and intensification, continued sustainable and effective police services to the communities and increasing demands for service and cannabis enforcement. The 2019 police operating budget continues to maintain the lowest policing cost per capita in Canada among comparable police services (with populations of over 1 million residents).
The Board approved the 2019 Police Capital Budget totaling $33.5 million with a Capital Spend Authority of $62.5 million. The expenditures include $14.5 million for facilities, $8.6 million for vehicles, $5.9 million for information technology, $4.1 million for specialized equipment and $0.3 million for communication equipment. Financing for the capital budget is a combination of contributions from reserves, debenture proceeds repaid from development charges, debt reduction reserve funding, development charge collections and external funding.
A copy of the budget presentation can be viewed by clicking here.
Regional Council approved the budget in February 2019.