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Business plans & budgets

The 2017 Business Plan and Budget was approved on December 14, 2016, authorizing $231.4 million in total spending to solidify current infrastructure and build a better future.

Highlights of the 2017 budget include:

  • $1.1 million in new projects encompassing renewable energy and energy conservation projects; waste reduction programs; and phase 2 of the plan to build a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the County.
  • $73.4 million in capital projects that support County infrastructure, including water and wastewater ($40.8 million), roads ($16 million), and social housing and facilities ($10.2 million).
  • an Oxford County Library levy of $3.6 million, applied to households in all communities except City of Woodstock.

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About the budget planning process

The County of Oxford fiscal year is from January 1 to December 31. In 2016, residents were asked to take part in a survey to share their thoughts about what the County's service priorities should be in 2017 and beyond.

Oxford County residents do not pay taxes directly to the County. The County tax levy is added to the tax bill in each area municipality and then transferred to the County from Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Ingersoll, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg, Woodstock and Zorra. Oxford County's annual budget is financed by these tax levies as well as government funding, reserve funding, and fees from development charges, water and wastewater, etc.

Tax levies collected by the County are used to:

  • maintain and manage most of the public works infrastructure across the County, including bridges and highways, drinking water, wastewater, and garbage and recycling;                   
  • deliver social services, public health, ambulance, and long-term care services directed by the provincial government;
  • provide development and community planning for each area municipality and the County as a whole;          
  • maintain county-wide information systems, library services and archives; and,   
  • administer the Provincial Offences Court.

   

GRAPHIC: Do you know where your tax dollars go? (2016)