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November 16, 2016
November 16, 2016 - Budget

Proposed 2017 budget, new initiatives in the budget, community grants and more


Special 2017 Business Plan & Budget meetings begin

The first of three Oxford County Council special budget meetings starts Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the Oxford County Administration Building. All budget meetings are open to the public.

The 2017 Draft Business Plan & Budget puts forward a total budget of $231.8 million for 2017, a $5.9 million increase over 2016. The budget reflects a base levy increase of 2.7%, with the total proposed levy increase at 4.6% over 2016, which includes one-time budget items (0.05%), service level changes (0.05%), road investment (0.9%), and new initiatives (3%).

The proposed budget includes a $73.8 million capital plan, a 4.0% increase over 2016. For Oxford County Library, the proposed levy is $3.6 million, a 2.7% increase over 2016.

New initiatives that support the County’s Strategic Plan and sustain Oxford’s momentum in advancing the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan include starting the second phase of the County’s electric vehicle charging station network; developing programs to promote renewable energy and conservation; and laying the groundwork to act on the zero waste strategy.

To review budget documents, presentations to Council, and department business plans and budgets, visit the special budget website at www.oxfordcounty.ca/2017budget.

Oxford County residents can complete an online survey to share what they think Oxford County's business planning and financial priorities should be for 2017. Visit Speak Up, Oxford! at www.oxfordcounty.ca/speakup.

Read CS 2016-33 – 2017 Business Plans and Budget

Budget information package

The 2017 Draft Business Plan & Budget package contains each department’s business plans and budget in addition to:

  • An executive summary describing key points in the draft budget
  • A summary of new initiatives
  • Five-year operating forecasts
  • Ten-year capital plan

The budget package is available online at www.oxfordcounty.ca/2017budget

Preliminary tax assessment

Based on the most recent information from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), it is estimated that the County share of taxes paid on an average single family detached residential property valued at $250,000 will increase by $28 in 2017. The 2017 taxation year will mark the first year of a revised four-year assessment cycle based on January 1, 2016 market values.

Read Council Report CS 2016-42 – Preliminary Assessment and Tax Analysis

New initiatives

To advance the directives of Council in support of the County’s Strategic Plan, the 2017 preliminary budget includes seven new initiatives:

  • Electric Vehicle Accessibility Plan – Phase 2. This phase will involve a feasibility study of existing stations and potential locations for electric vehicle service equipment in the future.
  • Renewable Energy and Conservation Programs. This focuses on community-based challenge programs that promote renewable energy and energy conservation.
  • Zero Waste – Waste Reduction Programs. This request aims to establish effective consumer engagement and education events.
  • Learning and Development Needs Assessment and Strategy. Identified as part of the “Services That Work” service delivery review, this would establish a training and development strategy for the County.
  • Payroll HR Scheduling Software. Started in 2014, this request puts forward a functioning payroll/HR/scheduling software solution to resolve a number of technical and administrative issues.
  • Vehicle – Source Water Protection Operations. After temporarily using a vehicle available in Public Works due to a vacated position, a compressed natural gas vehicle is now proposed for the Source Water program, for which staff is required to travel 5,000 to 30,000 km per year.
  • Utility vehicle for roads. This allows for a pace vehicle to improve safety and better control vehicular traffic when paving County roads.

Oxford County Library

The proposed 2017 budget for Oxford County Library, which is funded by all area municipalities except Woodstock, is $3.6 million budget, a 2.7% increase over 2016. This includes a $250,000 capital plan, which is made up of building improvements to the Ingersoll and Tillsonburg branches and investment in new technology.

Read Council Report CS 2016-34 – Oxford County Library 2017 Business Plan and Budget

100% Renewable energy transition update

In 2016, Oxford County achievements towards its “100% renewable energy by 2050” target included transitioning from fossil fuels in fleet management; transitioning to Passive House Standard for County facilities to enable net zero buildings; greater use of renewable energy; and increasing public education and outreach.

Read CAO 2016-16 – 100% Renewable Energy Transition Update

Future direction for curbside collection

In this report, Public Works updates Council on the new waste management program during its first year of the new collection and processing contract, and also identifies opportunities to achieve greater community, economic and environmental benefits.

Read PW 2016-63 – Waste Management Curbside Collections – Future Directions

Community grants

The following community grants are recommended in the 2017 Business Plan and Budget:

Agricultural Award of Excellence

$2,000

Economic Development - Oxford Connections

35,000

Tillsonburg Airport

5,000

Hospitals

40,000

South Central Ontario Region Action Plan (SCOR)

35,000

Oxford Creative Connections

50,000

Oxford Workforce Planning Partnership

24,500

Social Planning Council

55,000

Physician Recruitment

25,000

Robotics Challenge

5,000

Special budget meeting schedule

Budget meetings are open to the public. They take place:

Special Council Meeting #1
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Special Council Meeting #2
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Special Council Meeting #3
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Move to adopt at regular Council meeting:
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
9:30 a.m.

Questions or comments?

Council this Week highlights Council activities for the public, employees and community partners. Please send your questions and comments to communications@oxfordcounty.ca


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