Sounds like a great ad campaign 0
One week after I suggested that Bancroft needed a plan for dealing with the crippling OPP costs I'm happy to say that they're working on something that's not only a plan but it's going to include some civil disobedience.
I say bring it.
It was pretty neat to watch the excitement as Peter Whitehead and Paul Jenkins explained some of what they think will happen in the next few weeks in Bancroft.
These guys finished each others sentences and they actually seemed excited about the plan they are trying to put in place.
They stepped up.
First they need council to pass a motion that will direct staff to not pay the increase on the OPP bill.
They're going to try to do this at the next meeting of council and while the meeting date has not been posted it looks as though the date could be April 24 in the evening.
If they get approval, staff will be directed to withhold the 11 per cent increase that the OPP have asked for.
This amount, which is resulting in a three per cent increase for ratepayers, will go into a reserve fund while both sides fight it out.
There was some push-back at council regarding this idea.
Deputy Mayor Wayne Wiggins said that by not paying the increase it would send a message that Bancroft thought the rest of the bill was ok.
And while he makes an important point, the idea of not paying the 11 per cent is really exciting.
This has been a council that has taken small, safe steps during their time in office and now, with Whitehead and Jenkins appearing to lead the charge, things are looking up.
This would be an act of civil disobedience in the eyes of Councillor Whitehead but he's ready for a bit of a rumble.
This council has heard from the ratepayers that they're tired of paying the bill and Burke Chamberlin could not have planned it better when he got up at the budget meeting and asked what would happen if they just didn't pay.
It's just like that great ad campaign that's running on television right now.
If you don't want to pay OPP increases; don't pay OPP increases.
This is going to be an interesting one to watch and I'm happy to eat my words from last week and say how cool an idea this is.
This is going to be one heck of a fight.