Board Meeting Highlights - October 26, 2016
Board Approves 2017 Police Budget
The Board approved the 2017 York Regional Police Operating Budget of $310,947,500 which is a 4.5 percent increase over last year’s budget. The budget includes the addition of 31 police officers and 12 civilian personnel to address population growth and intensification, continued sustainable and effective police services to the communities and increasing demands for service. Most of the 31 police officers will be assigned to front-line policing. The 2017 police budget continues to maintain the lowest policing cost per capita in Canada among comparable police services (with populations of over 1 million residents). For financial planning purposes, the Board approved an outlook to 2018 of $324 million which includes the addition of 22 police personnel.
The Board also approved the 2017 Police Capital Budget totalling $22,450,000 with a Capital Spend Authority of $29 million. The expenditures include $13.8 million for facilities, $4 million for vehicles, $3 million for information technology and $1.7 for specialized 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.
The 2017 Police Budget will be considered by the Region’s Committee of the Whole at its meeting on December 8, 2016. A copy of the budget presentation can be found on the Board’s website.
Training Facility Construction Update
The Board received an update on the construction of the York Regional Police training facility which is scheduled for completion in April 2017. Project costs to date total $18.3 million, and the project is estimated to come in at $29.9 million. The total hard construction costs including change orders are just under $24 million.
The training facility will include features such as a firing range, areas for fitness and defensive tactics training and classrooms. The environmentally-friendly facility will be a LEED silver building and will be a one-level structure of about 73,000 square feet.
Board Appoints New Auxiliary Members
The Board appointed 28 new auxiliary members. The new volunteers are highly experienced and possess linguistic skills and are representative of our many diverse communities.
Next Police Services Board Meeting
The next Police Services Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.. Location: Committee Room A, York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket.
Contact: Mafalda Avellino, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-895-5249 ext. 77906.
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