London Police have reportedly tabled a new proposal to the city in hopes of solving it’s budget dispute.
The London Free Press reports the London Police Services Board’s new budget pitch could eliminate the need for an appeal of the department’s budget to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission.
The Board and City Council have been at odds over the department’s multi-year budget that was approved this Spring.
Councillors rejected London Police’s request for an extra $4 million over the next four years to help hire five new officers and one civilian.
The new proposed deal is reportedly similar to one that was negotiated between the Board’s Budget Chair and the City Treasurer.
Included in the pitch, London Police says it will cover the costs in the first year of the four-year budget, while the city would be responsible for the remaining three years.
In other words, the $4 million dollar bid to the city would be reduced to $3 million.
If a deal is not reached, the two sides will head to the civilian commission hearing set for November 14th.
Meantime, a statement from City Manager Art Zuidema said the hearing process has started and must be allowed to unfold.
With files from Rana Aladdin