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January 07, 2022
Council this Week: Highlights from the January 12 County Council agenda

Budget by-law, update on home ownership program, and more


Under Ontario's return to Modified Step Two effective January 5, the January 12 and January 26 County Council meetings will be held virtually. Council meetings are broadcast live online at www.oxfordcounty.ca/livestream. Agenda packages and past recordings of Council meetings can be downloaded at www.oxfordcounty.ca/council.
 

Budget by-law


The by-law to adopt Oxford County’s 2022 Budget is before Council on January 12. If approved, the budget brings forward a general levy of $66.6 million to be collected as part of local municipal taxes. Highlights include:

  • a $64.5 million capital plan that invests in information technology, equipment, fleet vehicles, and infrastructure;
  • provincial funding to support in-home services delivered through a new Community Paramedicine Program and personal care at Woodingford Lodge;
  • $439,500 in community grants to help fund economic development, physician recruitment, inter-community bus transit, social planning, arts and culture, and more; and,
  • an additional $1.5 million in funding from reserves to address the housing crisis.

The final levy and impact on average residential taxes won’t be known until after Council considers notices of motion from the December 8 meeting. If carried, these motions will adjust budget items for staffing, facilities projects, and community grants.
 

Affordable Home Ownership Program update


County Council will consider an update to the County’s Affordable Home Ownership Program on January 12. Proposed changes include increasing both the qualifying household income limit and the maximum forgivable loan amount to better reflect current pricing in the housing market. Right now, available funds for the program have the potential to help up to 27 households enter the housing market, with those in the County’s existing social housing units getting a first opportunity to apply.

CAO 2022-01: Home Ownership Program Update


Other reports and presentations


 

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Council this Week highlights Council activities for the public, employees and community partners. Please send your questions and comments to communications@oxfordcounty.ca 


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