UPDATED: Amherstburg Police Approves Contract With Windsor For Dispatch Services
The Amherstburg Police Services Board is going with Windsor Police when it comes to future dispatch services.
At its board meeting on Tuesday, Amherstburg approved the five-year contract with Windsor at a cost of $653,000.
Amherstburg currently uses dispatch services out of LaSalle, but the bid from the LaSalle Police Service came in at $1.4-million.
Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo says it simply came down to money and the better offer.
He says the move will save Amherstburg taxpayers more than $800,000 over five years.
"At the end of the day, we all have to look at the same issues as far as our finances and value for money is what it comes down to and Windsor came in at an incredible rate," says Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo who also sits on the Amherestburg Police Services Board.
He says the service won't change for residents.
"The same or better I'm told. The City of Windsor has access in hardware and the ability to service other municipalities, so it is kinda of a win-win."
DiCarlo says for a couple of years now, the town has tried to improve it finances and it won't stop looking for efficiencies.
LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya is disappointed saying it is a hit to the town's budget.
"Our biggest generator outside of town was Amherstburg and that's about $300,000 a year," he says. "That is a hit. It is a one per cent tax increase so we have to figure it out, either alter our service, I don't know, but that is something we will have to discuss at the police services board level."
LaSalle will continue to dispatch for its own police and fire along with Kingsville fire and Leamington fire.
Windsor Mayor Dilkens says this is a good example where efficiencies can be found through regional services.
"We are not an amalgamated area but I think there are services such as dispatch services where we can look at combining those services with other municipalities in Essex County to create a savings for the taxpayers in the City of Windsor and taxpayers elsewhere in the county," says Dilkens. "I think at the end of the day, that's the job we are elected to do, is to find savings and deliver services in the most efficient and effective way."
Dilkens says the city will not have to invest additional resources with the additional work.
The change will go into effect January 1st, 2018.