December 12, 2019
County Council approves 2020 Business Plans & Budget
Approved budget responds to provincial funding pressures, addresses housing and infrastructure needs
County Council approved the 2020 Business Plans and Budget yesterday, authorizing $263.6 million in spending to maintain municipal services and respond to social housing, regional transportation and infrastructure needs. The budget includes $56.8 million in capital projects for roads, bridges and culverts, water and wastewater infrastructure and more.
The 2020 budget will result in a general purpose levy of $62,844,202 to be collected through municipal taxes, which marks a 5.8% increase over 2019. In 2020, a Tax Ratio Review Ad Hoc Committee formed by Council in June 2019 will look at how the tax levy is shared across the different residential, farmland, commercial and industrial tax classes.
The 5.8% general levy increase for 2020 encompasses a 2.3% funding shortfall in provincial funding and transfer payment adjustments from 2019. The increase to the Oxford County tax levy is in part offset by development (construction) growth in Oxford County and by in the increase in property value assessments on which municipal taxes are based.
The County budget includes special levies of $3,994,008 for library and $49,350 for court security and prisoner transportation in all municipalities except Woodstock, which funds these services through its own budget. The budget also includes $351,500 in grants for community organizations and youth initiatives.
More information on the County budget, including presentations to Council from each of the three special budget meetings, is available at www.oxfordcounty.ca/budget. To see the County’s infographic, Your 2019 County tax dollars explained, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/taxes.
2020 Community Grants
- Creative Connections - $ 60,000
- South Central Ontario Region Economic Development - $25,000
- Social Planning Council Oxford - $55,000
- Immigration Oxford Sustainability Plan - $24,500
- Agricultural Award of Excellence - $2,000
- Economic Development - $50,000
- Physician Recruitment - $30,000
- Woodstock & Area Small Business Enterprise - $50,000
- Tillsonburg Airport - $30,000
- Oxford County Youth Initiatives - $25,000
Total community grants - $351,500
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 119,000 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.