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Reader Not Impressed With Quick Municipal Response to New OPP Pricing

Editor,

An interesting article appeared in The Meaford Independent on August 18 written by Stephen Vance entitled “Municipality Has First Look at New OPP Billing Model”. It reports that Darcy Chapman, treasurer of Meaford, released a statement to the news media on Friday 15 August after apparently receiving information on Thursday 14 August concerning a proposed new billing model from the OPP. 

The facts reported may or may not be accurate and Mr. Chapman's figures are certainly questionable and open to interpretation but I would like to commend, in fact praise, the speed and commitment of staff members in receiving, assimilating, digesting, preparing and distributing their interpretation of this alleged OPP report. All in less than 36 hours!


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Cat Shelter Thanks the Good People of Meaford

Editor,

Last month I sent in a letter to the editor that you published regarding the theft of the donation box at our charity store, The Cat's Meow, in Meaford.

I would appreciate it if you could print this follow-up letter to the editor, thanking people for stepping up and donating.

Thank you to the good people of Meaford

Early last month, someone stole the donation box in the Cat's Meow store on Boucher Street, off Sykes, the retail store of the Clarksburg Cat Shelter.


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OPP Association Asking Municipalities to Thoroughly Analyze Estimates

Editor,

As reactions to the new OPP billing model announced last week continue to come in from around the province, it is important that all stakeholders in this issue take a step back and examine the facts.

Cutting through the rhetoric, two facts have remained clear throughout this debate.

Firstly – With some taxpayers paying $9 per household while others are paying over $900, it is clear that a fairer model is necessary. Municipal leaders have been asking for a new model and were consulted extensively on its creation. By charging each municipality the same base cost per property, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the OPP have brought fairness to a system that has not changed in 17 years.


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