November 03, 2016
County seeks public input into 2017 budget
Online survey asks residents to share their thoughts on priorities for the upcoming year
Oxford County is engaging residents in the budget planning process by launching an online survey to help identify planning and service priorities for 2017.
The survey outlines how property taxes were spent in 2016, and then asks respondents to indicate whether the same services should be enhanced, maintained or reduced in the upcoming year. It also asks residents to rate their overall perception of the value received for County tax dollars and how they would like to provide input on future budget consultations.
On November 10, Oxford County will release the 2017 Draft Business Plan & Budget for public review. Special budget meetings of County Council follow on November 16, 23 and 30, with the budget presentation for final approval scheduled for December 14, 2016. The results of the public engagement survey will be presented to Council for consideration during the course of the special budget meetings.
The budget survey is available online from November 1-15. It can be accessed through Speak Up, Oxford! at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup
Lynn Buchner, Director Corporate Services
“The budget process is a chance for Oxford residents to learn more about how County programs and projects are funded, and to find out what is planned for the coming year. With Council having indicated they would like to see more public consultation for the budget process, we are using this year to get more information about how people want to become informed and engaged in this process. This consultation will assist in focusing our attention to the programs and services that are important to the communities we serve.”
About the County Budget
Through its approval of Oxford County operating and capital budgets, Council decides on the municipality’s priorities for the upcoming 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.
- 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, regardless of location, with the exception of properties within the City of Woodstock, where residents do not pay for County library services. In 2016, a residential home valued at $200,000 paid about $69 a month, or $833 for the year ($754 in Woodstock), for County services.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 111,700 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050 and becoming a zero waste community. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture forms a cornerstone of the County’s economy, which boasts 55,000 jobs in a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector bolstered by its location at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403. The County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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