Brockville police 2021 budget has 3.1% increase

(Newswatch Group/File)

BROCKVILLE – The second group of Brockville’s community partners will present their budgets to city council Tuesday night.

Representatives from St. Lawrence Lodge, the Brockville Police Service, Frontenac Arch Biosphere, the remote worker attraction group SLX-Life, the Brockville Pickleball Club and the Brockville YMCA are expected at the meeting.

The Brockville Police Service is proposing a 3.1 per cent increase – just over $250,000 – to its budget in 2021 for a total budget of just under $8.3 million.

The police force overspent its budget last year by just over 5 per cent ($8.2 million versus budget of $7.8 million) driving largely by lost time by front line officers. It had over 20,000 hours in lost time last year – the largest amount since 2010 – and a lot of that through Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) claims.

A budget document for Tuesday night’s council meeting notes the Brockville force has dealt with seven critical situations where death was involved since November 2019, including suicides and a murder-suicide.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 16.

City council heard from the Aquatarium, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority and the Brockville Public Library last week.