December 12, 2018
Warden and Deputy Warden elected at inaugural County Council meeting
Norwich Township Mayor Larry Martin elected as Warden for the 2018-2022 Council term, with Woodstock City-County Councillor Sandra Talbot to serve as Deputy Warden for 2019
Oxford County Council elected Norwich Township Mayor Larry Martin as Warden for the coming 2018-2022 Council term and Woodstock Councillor Sandra Talbot as Deputy Warden for the first of four one-year terms at its inaugural meeting on Tuesday evening.
County Council comes in under new remuneration terms approved for January 1, 2019. Effective on that date, the Warden position will be compensated at $103,142, the Deputy Warden at $34,037, and County Councillors at $28,880.
County Council meets again today to consider appointments to the Striking Committee, which in turn makes recommendations and appointments to the County’s boards and committees; a report to confirm the existing agreement with the Integrity Commissioner and Closed Meeting Investigator; and delegations by 11 community organizations seeking funding from the County in 2019.
Council meetings continue on Thursday, December 13 with the first of two special budget meetings. The 2019 Business Plan and Budget proposes a general levy (County share of municipal taxes) of $59.4 million, an increase of 5.9% over 2018. With the County’s property tax assessment base growing by $30 million to an estimated $308.8 million, the average single family detached residential property valued at $263,813 would see municipal taxes increase by $20 for the year if the budget is approved. For information on the County’s 2019 Budget, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/budget.
Warden Larry Martin, Oxford County (Mayor of Township of Norwich)
“I look forward to working with our new Council, including our two new members, to see what we can do together to move Oxford forward. It is my hope to accomplish as much in the next four years as we have over the past four, and continue to build a united, strong and prosperous Oxford County.”
Deputy Warden Sandra Talbot, Oxford County (City of Woodstock Councillor)
“Having served a term as Deputy Warden last term, I appreciate the opportunity to again support the Warden and Council. It is an honour and pleasure to serve to the best of my ability for benefit of our community.”
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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 area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. 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.
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