About the Oxford County budget and tax levy
Oxford County's fiscal year is from January 1 to December 31. The annual budget planning process is led by each new Council’s strategic plan priorities for the term, providing direction for setting goals, objectives and initiatives.
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. For more information, see the Oxford County infographic, "Your Tax Dollars Explained
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, 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.