Police budget for 2017 calls for zero increase

December 7, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Orangeville Police Service will toe the line on spending next year, with an $8.5 budget that requires no additional funding by town taxpayers.

The proposal for next year’s operating budget was put forth by Police Chief Wayne Kalinski on Nov. 30, with the local police services board officially approving the budget shortly afterward. In addition to the zero percent increase from last year, Chief Kalinski indicated the police service will finish 2016 under budget, for the second year in a row.

“We’re pleased to be able to continue to show fiscal restraint while maintaining a high level of service,” Chief Kalinski said. “We continue to make positive, efficient changes. It’s the responsible thing to do.”

Chief Kalinski said additional funding Orangeville will receive from the provincial government to assist with the rising costs of court security in 2017 helped balance the books. As per the Town of Orangeville’s 2017 operating budget, police services will again receive a shade over $8.5 million in funding in 2017.

Orangeville Police Services Board Acting Chair Ken Krakar indicated that the commitment to hold spending in 2017 to last year’s levels would not have detrimental effect on the service that the police department provides to the community.

“Working with Chief Kalinski, the board is focused on being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers of Orangeville without affecting the quality of service and commitment to our residents in being community-focused.”

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