Fernie taxpayers will see a dramatic increase in policing costs as the city’s population reaches new heights.
Statistics Canada reviewed the 2016 census, confirming the community is home to over 5,100 people.
This means taxpayers’ are now responsible for 70 per cent of the RCMP’s expenses, an annual cost that will rise to $915,243 next year.
Mayor Mary Giuliano says they’ve done all they can to make the service affordable for residents.
“We will be paying the cost of five members, almost $783,000. So for an average home. that means a cost of just slightly over $61 per household,” Giuliano says. “We worked really hard to make sure the cost increase wasn’t going to be onerous and I don’t believe the charge is as much of a hardship is it could have been.”
An additional member will join the detachment in 2019, increasing costs by around $133,000.
The Mounties will remain part of the Elk Valley RCMP and Fernie will continue to have access to the detachment’s full complement of officers.
– Fernie Mayor, Mary Giuliano