Cornwall Ontario – With a budget of approximately $18M per year it’s boggling how the Cornwall Community Police Service under Chief Dan Parkinson and a police board chaired by Andre Rivette refuses to communicate with the public.
Where other nearby services put out notices in a timely fashion our police service reveals less than 2% of crimes in this city.
Scary enough that’s 2% more than the Fire Service does.
The last reporting from the CCPS media page on its website is August 23rd. Today is the 28th. Likewise it’s facebook and Twitter pages have scant info.
With buzz that City Hall is talking about a 6% raise in taxes for 2018 surely it’s time for a bit more transparency and accountability?
Both fire and police services have refused this newspaper’s requests for simple reporting of calls and events as other communities share.
Is this about serving the community or fighting to keep their budget.
For example, cutting the difference between SD&G OPP services and the CCPS would put $3-4M per year back into city coffers which would go a long way to building up infrastructure reserves rather than even discussing a 6% tax hike.
To put that in reference SD&G spends about $158 per person per year for the OPP. Cornwall spends $396.68 per resident with less service availability. Does that make any sense? Half the difference would be $119.34 per person or a whopping $5,489,640 per year!
At what point to people take a deep breath and simply acknowledge that there is in fact an end to the public’s purse?
This will be THE ISSUE in the upcoming municipal election.
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