December 12, 2018
Council this Week: Highlights from the December 11-13 County Council agendas
2019 Business Plan and Budget, preliminary tax assessment, court security grant and more
December 11, 2018
2018-2022 Inaugural County Council meeting agenda
Warden and deputy warden elections
Council’s inaugural meeting marks the ceremonial start of the 2018-2022 County Council term. The meeting’s business includes swearing County Councillors into office and electing the positions of Warden and Deputy Warden. The County Warden is elected every four years by a vote of the new Council. The new Council then determines the term, and holds an election for, a Deputy Warden, whose role is to assume the responsibilities of the Warden in his/her absence.
Download the December 11 Council meeting agenda
December 12, 2018
County Council meeting agenda
Striking committee appointments
At the first regular meeting of the 2018-2022 County Council term, Council will be asked to appoint members to the Striking Committee and amend the Striking Committee mandate to include recommendations for councillor appointments to various boards and committees. This is in addition to the Committee’s previously established role of reviewing applications and presenting recommendations to Council for lay member appointments.
Read Council report CAO 2018-22 – Striking Committee
Court security grant
County Council will receive a recommendation from the Local Court Security Advisory Committee for a 2019 tax levy for court security costs for Woodstock Police Services based on the same special grant levy formula approved in 2018. The Local Court Security Advisory Committee is also recommending that County Council continue lobbying the provincial government for 100 per cent funding for court security and prisoner transportation services in Oxford County.
Read Council report CS 2018-39 – 2019 Court Security Grant Levy
Other reports and presentations
December 12, 2018: 2019 Budget reports
2019 Business Plans & Budget
Council will formally receive the 2019 preliminary budget information package on December 12, with the first special budget meeting of Council starting on December 13. The report to Council proposes a general levy (County share of municipal taxes) of $59.4 million, an increase of 5.9% over 2018. Additional levies for all municipalities excluding Woodstock are $3.9 million for Oxford County Library (8.4% increase) and $93,893 for court security (19.9% decrease).
The December 12 Council meeting includes delegations from a number of organizations seeking community grants, which are outlined in the 2019 Business Plans & Budget report:
- Creative Connections: $50,000
- Immigration Oxford Sustainability Plan: $24,500
- Oxford County Youth Initiatives: $25,000
- Social Planning Council Oxford: $55,000
- South Central Ontario Region Economic Development: $25,000
- Agricultural Award of Excellence: $2,000
- Economic Development: $35,000
- Physician Recruitment: $30,000
- Woodstock & Area Small Business Enterprise: $40,000
- Tillsonburg Airport: $5,000
- Future Oxford - Legacy Fund: $100,000
- Future Oxford - Legacy Fund – Administration: $41,000
Read Council report CS 2018-36 – 2019 Business Plans and Budget
2019 Preliminary tax assessment
The 2019 taxation year will mark the third year of the four-year assessment cycle. Based on the proposed 2019 budget and the County’s estimated net assessment growth of $308.8 million ($30 million over 2018), it is expected that an average single family detached residential property valued at $263,813 will see municipal taxes increase by $20 for the year. Read
CS 2018-40 – 2019 Preliminary Assessment and Tax Analysis
2019 Library Business Plan & Budget
The Oxford County Library business plan and budget for 2019 puts forward a proposed levy of $3.9 million, an 8.4% increase over 2018. The Library plan includes a request to fund a mobile outreach pilot program to deliver library services in more areas; investment in information technology; and investment in facilities upkeep. CS 2018-37 – 2019 Library Business Plan & Budget
December 13, 2018
Special 2019 Business Plan & Budget meeting
The first of two Oxford County Council special budget meetings begins Thursday, December 13 in the Oxford County Administration Building at 9:00 a.m.
The 2019 Draft Business Plan & Budget puts forward a total budget of $214.5 million for 2018, a decrease of $16.2 million over 2018. The decrease is due to reductions in capital spending and department budgets.
The levy, or amount raised through taxation, is proposed at $59.4 million for general purposes, an increase of $3.3 million (5.9%) over 2018. Proposed levies for Oxford County Library and the Court Security Grant are $3.9 million (8.4% increase) and $93,893 (19.9% decrease) respectively.
The proposed 2019 budget includes $52.4 million in capital spending, including renewable energy projects, emergency standby power infrastructure, and various upgrades to County water, wastewater, roads, bridges/culverts, facility and fleet infrastructure. The 2019 Budget also includes eight new initiatives encompassing asset management support systems, enhanced Paramedic Services (ambulance), leaf and yard waste transportation optimization and more.
To review budget documents, presentations to Council, and department business plans and budgets, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/budget.
A second budget meeting takes place on Monday, December 17 at 9:00 a.m. The final 2019 budget is expected to be presented to Council for approval at the regular January 9 County Council meeting. All budget meetings are open to the public.
Read Council report CS 2018-36 – 2019 Business Plan and Budget
Budget information package
The 2019 Draft Business Plan & Budget package contains each department’s business plans and budget in addition to:
- Summary of feedback from this year’s budget survey to the community
- Budget overview
- Operating and capital budget summaries
- A summary of new initiatives
- Reserve funds report
- Asset Management Plan report
- Five-year operating forecasts
- Summary of grant requests
- Long-term capital plan
The budget package is available online at www.oxfordcounty.ca/budget
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