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Big drop in OPP billing coming for West Nipissing

There’s already good news for the next council in West Nipissing.

Costing for Ontario Provincial Police services in the municipality is going down significantly next year.  

Jay Barbeau, Chief Administrative Officer, says when they did the original costing the province and OPP were looking at a different costing model, based on activity and calls to service compared to the full-time equivalent model. 

He says there were already planned savings for next year that are being realized and then some. 

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“It’s actually better than expected.  We’re going to be receiving a $1.3 million reduction in billing from the OPP from 2022 to 2023,” he says. “I’m very pleased when we’re starting to set up new budgets and so forth that I may have some wiggle room for some other services in the municipality.” 

Barbeau says they could pass along savings to the taxpayer, but they also have challenges.

“We also have some infrastructure challenges, we also have a need to refurbish our long-term care home in the future,” he says. “Wherever administrators, working side-by-side with council can find efficiencies in order to invest in other areas, that’s fantastic news.” 

Barbeau says the $1.3 million equates to about 7 percent of taxation wiggle room when looking at the budget.  

He says each percentage point on taxes in the municipality is about $190,000.


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