June 28, 2017
Growing stronger together: 2016 Annual Report released
Oxford County continues to make strides towards improving quality of life for current and future generations
Transformative plans are beginning to take shape in Oxford County. The 2016 Annual Report has now been released outlining the accomplishments from the past year, along with financial statements.
Highlights include the Draft 100% Renewable Energy Plan and Draft Zero Waste Plan that were released in 2016, putting us on the path towards becoming a leader in renewable energy and waste reduction.
Oxford County is also positioning itself to be a part of the coming transportation shift. In 2016 new electric vehicle charging stations were installed under the provincial Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) program to create a more connected County. The County is also advocating to the provincial government for stronger transportation links to the region through regional transportation and short line rail strategies.
Other examples of Oxford County services that made an impact on everyday lives of residents include:
Oxford County’s water meter program saw over 11,000 installations of water meters or meter reading equipment. This not only creates a more efficient system of data collection, the new equipment also creates opportunities for small water system users to conserve water and save money on their water bills.
A final report was issued by Oxford County Public Health and Public Health Ontario as part of the Beachville area air quality assessment which includes ongoing initiatives to provide better information to the public about air quality.
Approval was given for the first multi-residential affordable housing project to be built to Passive House standard featuring energy efficient design and solar energy use.
Woodingford Lodge’s Music & MemorySM program is making a major impact on the quality of residents’ lives while reducing medication use.
Tourism Oxford’s Cheese Trail, no secret to local residents, was provincially recognized with the Ontario Culinary Tourism Leadership Award of Excellence.
The Oxford County Library launched the kitchen lending library, allowing residents to experiment with kitchen tools and small appliances.
Consolidated financial statements have also been released with the 2016 annual report. Residents can see how the total budget of $225.9 million dollars was allocated, including a $71 million investment into new and redeveloped infrastructure.
The year-end budget for 2016 ended with a $1.9 million surplus due to funding increases from senior levels of government, interest income and delayed hiring to fill job vacancies.
The 2016 annual report includes other budgetary breakdowns to show how tax dollars are being spent to provide the accountability and transparency residents expect from their government.
The Strategic Plan maps out Oxford County’s vision, mission, values and six strategic directions. Read the Strategic Plan online at www.oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 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 becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford 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, Ontario. 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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