The Issues

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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
  • Property taxes on an average home will rise from $3,674 in 2021 to $4,852 in 2022: an increase of $1,178 or 32% per home, in addition to the $300 homeowner levy.

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 are representing a four-fold increase, in just three years, from $19 million to potentially $81+ 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
    • Staffing and Human Resources requirements

3. Unpopular Plan

Surrey residents overwhelmingly do not support this unpopular plan. Multiple rounds of research have shown:

  • believe providing support for seniors and vulnerable residents, along with maintaining core services should be a top priority
  • 87% of residents support keeping the RCMP in Surrey; with improvements such as increased policing resources
  • Only 13% of residents want to replace the RCMP
  • Over 3 in 4 residents continue to support a referendum on the plan
  • Residents continue to oppose the Mayors plan over five waves of data collected since 2020

4. Plan in Disarray

The Mayor promised the new police service would launch by April 1, 2021 and then again by November 30, 2021 and has missed both deadlines:

  • There is still no Human Resources plan identifying how or when officers will be hired; and the related costs.
  • There is still no transition plan, feasibility study, full cost accounting or timeline.