Big pay raise for OPP hurting small municipalities

TORONTO – An 8.55% pay increase for OPP officers — the result of a provincial government commitment to make them the highest paid cops in Ontario — is forcing up property taxes.

As of Jan. 1 — when the pay hike took effect — an OPP constable with three years on the job started earning an annual base salary of $90,621.

Municipal leaders in communities policed by the OPP say they have to explain to their unhappy residents why property taxes are going up.

And larger municipalities that have their own police services, like Toronto, are bracing for “replicating” arbitration as their officers seek parity with the OPP.

Time to defund.