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January 10, 2018
Council this Week: Highlights from Jan. 10 Council agenda

Smart Cities Challenge, interim tax levy and next steps in public health merger

Smart Cities Challenge

Oxford County is gearing up for the Smart Cities Challenge by asking Council to establish a sub-committee with members from each of Oxford’s eight area municipalities. The Smart Cities Challenge—a Government of Canada competition offering “prizes” between $5 and 50 million in the final round—will fund four municipal projects that will achieve meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology. Oxford’s submission will draw from its various community-driven initiatives over the past four years that stem from the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan.

Read Council report CAO 2018-01: Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge

Next step in public health merger

County Council will be asked on January 10 to approve the next step in the merger of the Oxford County and Elgin-St. Thomas health units. This step centres on the establishment of an autonomous board of health for the new health unit, something that is a key requirement to move along the regulatory process for the merger. The Council report recommends that the board for the new health unit have eight municipal members to be appointed from each of Oxford (4), Elgin (2) and St. Thomas (2). The Council report also asks Council to authorize a request to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to for one-time funding to support the planning and implementation costs of the merger for the next 12 to 18 months. The name proposed for the new public health unit is Oxford Elgin St. Thomas Health Unit.

Read Council report PHES 2018-01: Oxford County Public Health Merger Proposal – Required Regulatory Changes to Health Protection and Promotion Act

Interim tax levy bylaw

County Council will be asked to approve the 2018 tax levy installment due dates and amounts next Council meeting, which will allow area municipalities to issue 2018 interim tax bills to property owners. Each year, the County collects 25 per cent of the previous year’s levy raised by the last business day in March, with a second interim tax instalment due on the last business day in June. The interim collection allows the County to meet its current financial obligations until the final tax bills are calculated by the area municipalities in July and necessary tax policy bylaws are in place.

Read Council report CS 2018-01: 2018 Interim Tax Levy By-law

Other reports and presentations

  • Public meeting – SB 17-03-8 – Thames Developments Incorporated
  • CP 2018-01 - Applications for Official Plan Amendment & Draft Plan of Subdivision OP 17-03-8 & SB 17-03-8 – Thames Developments Incorporated

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