The City of Kamloops is looking at the spectre of a six-figure annual bill from the federal government being offloaded to its budget.
The costs come from the RCMP's E-Division headquarters in Surrey, a new billion-dollar building. It is being moved from Heather Street in Vancouver.
Estimates in the RCMP's fiscal plan for next year show municipalities could pay $1,200 per member - potentially a $150,000 bill here.
"There's no agreement by the provinces or municipalities about what we owe with the federal government, Milobar said.
The $150,000 bill "is not insignificant.
"We believe it's too high."
The money from municipalities would cover administrative costs at the new building.
Policing is the single largest cost to municipalities in B.C., which is home to 9,500 RCMP officers and civilian employees - more than any other province. Only 11 municipalities, including Vancouver, New Westminster, West Vancouver and Port Moody, have their own police forces.
The latest news comes a year after B.C. municipalities signed a controversial 20-year policing agreement, which promised elected officials would have more say on controlling policing costs.
The funding formula hasn't changed, with cities sharing the costs with the federal government. Cities with more than 15,000 people pay 90 per cent of policing costs, while smaller cities pay 70 per cent and the federal government picks up the rest.
But since the contract was signed last year, municipalities maintain the federal government has continued to slap them with more unplanned costs, including higher-than-expected pay raises and changes to pension contributions and severance pay, along with the Green Timbers headquarters.
The Surrey Green Timbers site, which opened earlier this year, will house up to 2,700 employees and bring together about 25 E-Division operational units.
Milobar said the potential annual cost comes amid city budget discussions for next year. He is unsure when municipalities will have certainty on the issue.
"Fundamentally it comes down to another level of government downloading . . . . They're all so ready to pass costs onto a local government and then wag their fingers that our taxes are too high."
The provincial government has said it is opposed to the federal proposal.
THE DAILY NEWS/VANCOUVER SUN