A Hamilton politician is fighting back against the police service’s bid to use its budget surplus to finance a new investigative services building.
Ward 3’s Matthew Green notes that city council has already committed five million dollars, a one-third contribution, based on the federal and provincial governments picking up the other two-thirds of the cost.
Green notes that by also allocating last year’s 3.6 million surplus to the project, Hamilton Police are “unilaterally” increasing the city’s share to 50%.
He’d like to see the money instead go into a tax stabilization fund to offset future increase to the police budget.
At about 20%, Green notes that policing eats up the largest portion of the city’s total budget.
The federal and provincial governments have, to date, not agreed to partner in the forensic’s building.