After years of internal debates and extensive research, Midland town council finally pulled the trigger in 2017 and elected to hand over the community’s policing to the Ontario Provincial Police.
With the costs of emergency services — police and ambulance — making up almost half of the town’s annual budget, councillors finally said enough was enough.
“At the rate of police wages growth, within seven years it will be 50 per cent of our budget and it will continue (to grow),” said Coun. Glen Canning. “How do we afford things when half of every dollar we have goes to (emergency services)?”
After crunching the numbers with several consultants, Midland CAO John Skorobohacz estimated the switch from the Midland Police Service to the OPP…