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Funding Agreement Helps with Court Costs

A funding agreement will help alleviate some of the cost for security and prisoner transportation at the local courthouse

WOODSTOCK - A funding agreement has been signed between the city of Woodstock and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

The ministry will be providing Woodstock with $841,441.61 in order to help pay for security and prisoner transportation at the local courthouse. The money will be split to help the cost over the next two years; $388,357.67 will be used in 2017 while $453,083.94 will be set aside for 2018.

Councillor Sandra Talbot says the city of Woodstock pays for the security even though the courthouse serves the entire county.

"Wherever the courthouse is located, that's the community that ends up paying for all the security regardless of where the offences occur or come from. It is in that community so we have the courthouse we have the cost."

Talbot tells Heart FM the security bill is quite expensive even with the help of provincial funding.

"It's a huge chunk of the Police Services Budget and without any help we have been absorbing the cost of it all the time and it keeps rising. So we could use some help for it."

Oxford County Council will discuss sharing the cost with other municipalities at an upcoming council meeting.

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