At least one city councillor is calling for a change to the Ontario Police Services Act.
Terry Whitehead says it's the only way the city can get control of the police services budget.
Hamilton Police are looking at a 5.25 percent increase in their 2013 operating budget.
Whitehead says the police act means city council can either adopt the police budget as a whole or reject it outright.
If it's rejected, the police act calls for an arbitrator to make the final decision.
Whitehead says that means city council doesn't have the final say.
He says that's why municipalities across the province are asking Queens Park to chance the act.