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December 18, 2017
County Council approves 2018 budget

Budget marks a decrease of $0.8 million over last year, leading to an estimated savings of $23 per household on County share of taxes

Oxford County Council approved the 2018 Business Plan and Budget on December 13, authorizing a total budget of $230.6 million. This marks a decrease of $0.8 million (0.3%) over last year’s budget.

The general tax levy, or amount raised through taxation, is set at $56.1 million for 2018. Based on preliminary tax assessment figures from MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation), an average single family detached residential property, now valued at $257,000, would pay about $23 less in County property taxes than in 2017.

The proposed budget also includes $60.8 million in total capital spending for property, roads, equipment and infrastructure, a decrease of $12.6 million (17.1%) over 2017.

The Oxford County Library levy, which is applied to all area municipalities expect Woodstock, remains at $3.6 million for the coming year.

Highlights of the 2018 budget include:

  • $117,255 for a special levy for a grant equivalent to 40% of the City of Woodstock’s deficit for court security costs. The one-time levy will be applied to Oxford’s area municipalities, excluding Woodstock, which remains with 60% of the deficit 
  • $312,500one-time funding, and $127,500 annually, for process automation software to be shared by the County and area municipalities to track and monitor planning, permit, inspection and licensing services 
  • $36,694 for a program to support mental health for Woodingford Lodge residents, in addition to a one-time $4,000 expense for the program
  • $350,000 from fleet reserve to invest in a new vehicle to better handle and transport biosolids, a purchase that will result in yearly savings of approximately $20,000

Community grants totaling $291,700 for 2018 include:

Agricultural Award of Excellence


Economic Development - Oxford Connections


Physician Recruitment


Tillsonburg Airport


South Central Ontario Region Action Plan (SCOR)


Oxford Creative Connections


Social Planning Council


Oxford Workforce Planning Partnership - Immigration


Youth initiatives


Woodstock & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre


Oxford County Plowmen’s Association


As part of the 2018 business plan and budget process, the County partnered with area municipalities on an online budget survey to identify residents’ budget priorities. Just under 600 people took part in the survey, which showed that long-term care, waste management, and community sustainability efforts were services residents want to see enhanced. Overall, 80% of residents rated the value received for tax dollars from their municipal government as fair, good or excellent.

Services supported by the County portion of municipal taxes include water and wastewater, maintenance of County roads and bridges, garbage and recycling, human (social) services, housing, public health, emergency medical services (ambulance), long-term care at Woodingford Lodge, community planning, County libraries, provincial offences court, tourism, and other services that improve quality of life for people living in Oxford’s eight area municipalities. Oxford’s municipalities include Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Ingersoll, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg, Woodstock and Zorra.

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.


Tommasina Conte | Strategic Communication & Engagement  
519.539.9800, ext. 3503 | tconte@oxfordcounty.ca

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