The Municipality of McDougall is the latest to urge its residents to show their opposition to the proposed OPP billing model. Currently, the OPP bill is based on a municipality’s actual crime rate, which the municipality believes is fair, but the OPP are proposing to bill based on the number of households and to significantly increase their charges for “fixed” costs. McDougall Council has been calling on the OPP and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to scrap or modify the proposed billing model. The proposed billing model would triple McDougall’s police costs to more than $625,000, translating to an 11 percent tax increase to residents or significant reductions in municipal services. The municipality urges its residents to send a letter to the Premier of Ontario, the minister responsible for the OPP and our local MPP. A draft letter and instructions on how to send it can be found on the McDougall website.