June 18, 2018
2018-2019 Budget survey
Online survey lets residents bring forward their municipal service priorities for the upcoming budget year
For the third year in a row, Oxford County’s municipalities are asking residents to take part in an online survey to bring forward their municipal service priorities for the 2019 budget year.
In taking the survey, residents will learn more about how various programs and projects are funded and will then be asked to indicate whether the same services should be enhanced, maintained or reduced in the upcoming year. The survey also asks residents to rate their overall perception of value for County tax dollars and to indicate how they would like to participate in future budget consultations.
Read the news release for more information.
A partnership with area municipalities
In addition to questions about County-wide services, the budget survey is an opportunity for respondents to provide input at the local area municipal level. Oxford County partnered with seven area municipalities to include questions ranging from general government and emergency services to parks and recreation, transportation and more. The information collected through will help provide a better understanding of how well municipal services are understood, how they are valued, and which ones are a priority for residents.
About the County Budget
Through its approval of Oxford County operating and capital budgets, Council sets the County's priorities for the upcoming budget year by setting aside funds for each program or service.
This financial plan gives staff the guidelines and direction to allocate resources and provide services and infrastructure. An important part of the annual budget is the continued support of the County's financial planning for the future.
Property taxes are divided into three components:
- Education Levy. This is set by the Province of Ontario. Taxes are collected then remitted to area school boards.
- Area Municipal Tax Levy. This is set by your area municipality (Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Ingersoll, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg, Woodstock or Zorra). It supports the services provided by your area municipality level, for instance, recreation, police and fire services.
- County Municipal Tax Levy. This is set by the County and supports the services provided at the County Level.
All Oxford County residents pay the same tax rate for County services regardless of location, with the exception of properties within the City of Woodstock, where residents do not pay for County library services or for a court security special levy. In 2018, a residential home valued at $250,000 pays about $84 a month,or $1,007 for the year ($911 in Woodstock), for County services.
Submit a comment
Not able to complete the survey but still interested in asking asking a question or sharing your thoughts? Use the online comment form to give your feedback.