Cornwall police end 2017 with surplus

Members of the Cornwall Police Services Board get ready for a meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Pictured are Chief Dan Parkinson, secretary Carmen Cousineau and chairman Andre Rivette. In the background are Chief Designate/Deputy Chief Danny Aikman and Ontario advisor David Tilley. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The Cornwall Community Police Service has ended 2017 with a small surplus.

The police board received the unaudited year-end statement this morning (Wednesday), showing a $30,804 surplus on the $20.5 million budget.

“That’s a positive news item for ourselves,” Chief Designate Danny Aikman told the board. “We strive to stay within the budget we are allocated by the board and council.”

While salaries and benefits were over budget by nearly $295,000, that was offset by savings in goods, services and rents.

There was also more revenue than expected in the form of grants ($59,000) from the provincial and federal governments as well as nearly $10,000 more than bargained for in fees and miscellaneous revenue.

Part of the revenue is the provincial upload of court security costs, which will come to an end this year. Aikman anticipates the revenue will drop in 2019.