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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Chatsworth Calls Public Meeting to Discuss Possible Police Service Switch

Chatsworth | by Cody Misner  

The meeting is at 7pm on September 19th at the Williamsford Community Centre.

Chatsworth has been considering making the switch from OPP to West Grey Police Service for some time, and now they are asking for the community's opinion.

At 7p.m. on September 19th, at the Williamsford Community Centre the Township is inviting the community to hear the proposal by West Grey Police as well as ask questions about the current contract.

This meeting will allow the community to weigh the pros and cons of both contracts and through community feedback guide the decision making of council.

Currently the Township pays over $1 million for it's OPP contract.

This year OPP requested a $40,000 budget increase, the equivalent of 1% of the Township's total budget.

The West Grey Police Service proposal being looked at outlines the budget for the first five years at just over $850,000 yearly.

As Mayor Scott Mackey points out, over a million dollars in savings for five years of police is something that should be considered, "The West Grey cost is $200,000 a year less, that works out to be about 4% off of everyone's taxes," Mackey explains in an interview "You have to sit up and take notice when you see those kinds of figures."

Mackey says one deciding factor for the switch will be to ensure a similar level of service is provided to the Township by West Grey Police as is currently provided by Chatsworth OPP.

The current OPP contract with Chatsworth expires on December 31st 2020, giving council over a year to review all the information and make a decision.

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