Victoria council urged to "dig deep" for Canada Day policing
Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, Victoria Police Board co-Chair, is urging Victoria Council to "dig deep" and find a way to deal with a $78,000 VicPd funding shortfall threatening to impact Canada Day celebrations.
Desjardins says there used to be some room in the budget to find funds for such things, but this year's budgeting process has prevented that:
" The challenge that the Police Board had is that budget discussions were prolonged this year through the city of Victoria continually asking for more information, and really making us look at the budget and where can cuts occur."
Desjardins emphasizes the cuts they are dealing with are significant:
" At the end of the day those cuts are too significant, and Canada Day is just sort of the first event coming beyond that whole budget implication."
Desjardins says going forward there needs to be discussion surrounding how policing regional events gets funded, noting everyone benefits.
Meantime she urges Victoria councillors to okay the use of contingency funds for this year, especially since contracts have already been signed.
Victoria police say budget cuts have left them $78,400 short of funds needed to cover the costs of policing this year’s Canada Day celebrations
Charlayne Thornton-Joe, City of Victoria Councillor - The average cost of policing Canada Day is $122,000, of which the city contributes $12,000. Victoria and Esquimalt provide additional funding for special duties, of which $31,000 goes to Canada Day. That leaves the Victoria Police Department responsible to cover $78,400 a year in unfunded expenditures
Vicpd Can't Afford The Cost Of Policing Victoria On Canada Day
Barb Desjardins, Mayor of Esquimalt - The shortfall is about $78-thousand dollars, and, witrh less than a month to go before the popular event, a letter has been sent to council letting them know of the issue.
There’s talk here in Victoria that Canada Day celebrations may have to be curtailed, unless the city can come up with 78-thousand dollars to pay for the overtime of VicPD officers
Mike Reilly, President, West Shore Chamber of Commerce - Should West Shore municipalities kick in a bit of money?