December 05, 2017
Dec 5 budget meeting: Cancelled-Quorum
Update: Special 2018 Business Plan & Budget meeting cancelled due to lack of quorum. All presentations, Council reports and briefings scheduled for December 5 will be moved to the December 13 meeting.
PLEASE NOTE: The December 5 Council budget meeting has been cancelled due to lack of quorum. All presentations, Council reports and briefings scheduled for December 5 will be moved to the December 13 meeting.
Preliminary property assessment figures
A report from the County Treasurer is sharing preliminary figures from MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) showing a $338.8 million growth in property assessments in Oxford County in 2017. From that, and considering the 2018 draft levy increase of 3.4%, it is estimated that County taxes on an average single family detached residential property now valued at $257,000 would decrease by $7 in 2018. The report notes that the estimates are preliminary and should not be used for calculating 2018 taxes.
Read Council report CS 2017-41 - 2018 Preliminary Assessment and Tax Analysis
Recommendation for court security and prisoner transportation costs
The Local Court Security Advisory Committee is recommending that the County fund 40% of the City of Woodstock’s deficit in court security and prisoner transportation costs in 2018. The Committee, formed by members of each of Oxford’s eight area municipalities, has been addressing the gap in provincial funding levels experienced by Woodstock, the municipality responsible for policing services related to court security and prisoner transportation in a two-tier municipal structure. The County portion of $117,255 will be funded through a special levy applied to area municipalities excluding Woodstock, which remains with 60% of the deficit. At the November 22 Council meeting, a recommendation came forward from the Committee to continue to advocate for full funding for these costs from the Province.
Read Council report WDN 2017-03 - Local Court Security Advisory Committee Recommendation Funding Model
Other reports and presentations
Special budget meeting schedule
Budget meetings are open to the public. Final budget deliberations will take place at the next regular County Council meeting on Wednesday, December 13 at 9:30 a.m.
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