The Toronto Police Service Board has unanimously voted in favour of approving a 2.76 per cent increase in the budget for 2016.
The increase of $27 million will bring the forces operating budget above $1 billion for the first time ever.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting Mayor John Tory said that while he had voted in favour of the increase, he conceded that that spiraling policing costs are unsustainable saying that “we can’t continue to see significant increases in the police budget indefinitely, so we’re at work on that”.
Almost 90 per cent of the budget goes to staff salaries and benefits.
The budget bump comes just ahead of the release of a KPMG report, due to be release in advance of the next board meeting which is said to recommend some radical cost cutting measures.
City council will have the final say on the increase however, as it still needs to be approved at City Hall.