Espanola latest municipality hit with large insurance increase

Municipal Insurance Service will be the Town of Espanola’s insurance provider for the next year, but Deputy Mayor Bill Foster says he wants to see if other quotes can be obtained for 2022.

At last night’s meeting, council voted in favour of accepting the insurance quote for municipal properties and services for 2021, but he also pointed out the total cost has increased to just over $171,000, which includes the 49% increase over last year.

Town CAO Cynthia Townsend says the town averages only around one or two claims a year, the most recent being $75,000 involving playground equipment and the second around $60,0 for an accident involving a dump truck.

Foster pointed out the town last tendered out the Request for Proposals in 2015 and he wants to see the process carried out once again this Spring in time for 2022.

Council will discuss that process at a later meeting.

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