The proper preservation of evidence is paramount when the police remove illegal drugs and weapons from a property. This process may require specialized staff and take several days to complete, all while the property is secured. This process is important to successfully prosecute individuals who are bringing illegal drugs, weapons, and violence into our City. However, it is a process that can get very expensive.
Currently, those costs are paid by all taxpayers in the City.
On May 11th, 2020, City of North Battleford Council unanimously passed a Motion1 that requested the Mayor write a letter to the Minister of Government Relations to consider a legislative change in the Cities Act. The proposed amendment would allow cities to place a charge on properties for clean-up costs associated with policing so that those costs could be added to the property tax roll in case of default in payment.
This amendment would benefit all city municipal taxpayers in Saskatchewan. By adding clean-up costs for drugs and weapons to Section 333(1) of the Cities Act, it removes the cost from all taxpayers in the City and places the burden onto the property owner, where this illegal activity is taking place. These deadly drugs and illegally used weapons do not belong in our neighbourhoods. Property owners must do their part to ensure their properties are not harbouring illicit activities.
For more information:
Ryan Bater, City of North Battleford Mayor