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RFD- 3238 Business Items   Item #   10. a.    
Regular Council Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 02/26/2018  
Title:    Council Support for an Equitable Police Funding Model - Wolanski
Department: Community & Protective Services  
Strategic Vision Element: Where People Choose to Live - A dynamic city with an exceptional quality of life Related Goal: Citizens consistently express high levels of satisfaction with municipal services.

Request for Decision Summary
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) has requested that the City of Spruce Grove participate in their police funding letter writing campaign to the Government of Alberta. The campaign addresses the need for a new and more equitable police funding model.

Proposed Motion
That the City of Spruce Grove provide a letter to the Government of Alberta in support of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association campaign for a new and more equitable police funding model.

Municipalities have been waiting since 2010 for a new police funding model to be determined. Currently, policing costs are only paid by urban municipalities with a population greater than 5,000. Small urban municipalities, as well as all municipal districts and counties, are exempt. Although the province provides support to offset policing costs through the Municipal Police Assistance Grant Program, there have been chronic shortfalls in funding as this program has not kept pace with growing populations and increasing crime rates. 
AUMA believes in the “everyone should pay” concept, whereby the province adopts a more equitable funding formula based on population and property assessment, with the resulting funds being used for crime prevention and response. A more equitable funding model could also generate additional revenue to address the current rural crime epidemic.
In 2016, AUMA members passed a resolution asking AUMA to advocate for a new police funding model. In response, at the March 2017 Mayors’ Caucus, Minister Ganley committed verbally to begin reviewing funding models in the fall of 2017. The Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General staff have researched options for a new, more equitable funding model; however, any consultations on police funding are not likely to take place until after the 2019 provincial election.
The AUMA Board is inviting municipalities throughout the Province of Alberta to participate in a letter writing campaign to signal the importance of this issue to the Minister. AUMA has developed a letter template that municipalities can adapt to send to their MLA, as well as a background document for further information. Both are attached for Council’s information and review.
City Council may choose not to support the letter writing campaign from AUMA and continue with the status-quo police funding model.
If Council indicates support for AUMA's police funding model campaign, the attached letter will be approved and sent to Mr. Trevor Horne, MLA for Spruce Grove-St. Albert.
AUMA Letter Campaign
AUMA Backgrounder

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