1. Big Tax Increases
The City of Surrey is raising taxes significantly to fund the new police service.
- McCallum and his team voted to increase property taxes, resulting in an average 11% increase
- This is in addition to tripling the property levy from $100 to $300 per homeowner
- Taxes on an average $1 million home will be $3,200 in 2021
Mayor and Council should be providing support for vulnerable citizens instead of funding this costly police transition.
2. Hidden and Unknown Costs
This is a costly plan with more future hidden and unknown costs for taxpayers. Mayor and Council did not conduct a feasibility study and should halt this transition until full costs are known and shared.
- Transition costs have tripled from $19 million to $63.7 million
- Other costs of the transition remain unknown or unclear:
- Liability and legal costs for accidents, civil actions, and other claims
- Loss of additional federal subsidies, including 30% for the Integrated Homicide Investigative Teams (IHIT) service
- Expenses to pay RCMP Members to return to testify in court on ongoing cases in Surrey for three to five years
3. Unpopular Plan
Surrey residents overwhelmingly do not support this unpopular plan. Multiple rounds of research have shown:
- 76% believe providing support for seniors and vulnerable residents, along with maintaining core services should be a top priority
- 77% of residents support keeping the RCMP in Surrey; with improvements such as increased policing resources
- Only 15% of residents want to replace the RCMP
- 2/3 of residents continue to support a referendum on the plan
4. Plan in Disarray
The Mayor promised the new police service would have local leadership and officers, and would launch by April 1, 2021:
- The first three senior officers hired are all former RCMP; none of whom live or have recently worked in Surrey
- None of the three senior officers reflect the diversity of the Surrey community
- The new Chief stated the transition has been delayed to late 2022
- Only 14% of current RCMP Members surveyed internally say they’ll consider transferring
- Surrey’s new police service would not have access to RCMP technology and shared services
- aw approval for the police transition
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