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2020 Business Plan & Budget

Oxford County Council's 2020 Business Plan & Budget process begins Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Highlights from the proposed budget include:

  • Total gross expenditures of $263.8 million, an increase of $8.8 million over 2019. This would result in a net levy increase of 5.8% to the County’s portion of property owners’ municipal tax bills.
  • A proposed capital budget of $56.8 million for road work, bridges and culverts, water and wastewater projects and more.
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The County's special budget meetings are open to the public. They take place in the Council Chamber at the Oxford County Administration Building at 21 Reeve Street at the following times:

  • Special Budget Meeting #1: Thursday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. | Download presentation
  • Special Budget Meeting #2: Tuesday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. | Download presentation
  • Regular Meeting and Budget Meeting #3: Wednesday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m.

Please check back for special budget meeting presentations and the final approved 2020 budget. To submit a comment about the budget process, visit Speak Up, Oxford!

Download the 2020 Business Plan & Budget Highlights

See also: Your 2019 County tax dollars explained


About the Oxford County budget and tax levy

Oxford County's annual business plan and budget is guided by Council’s strategic priorities as set out in the Strategic Plan. The County's fiscal year is from January 1 to December 31.

Oxford County residents do not pay taxes directly to the County. The County tax levy is added to the tax bill in each area municipality and then transferred to the County from Blandford-Blenheim, East Zorra-Tavistock, Ingersoll, Norwich, South-West Oxford, Tillsonburg, Woodstock and Zorra. The County's annual budget is then financed by these tax levies as well as government funding, reserve funding, and fees from development charges, water and wastewater, etc. For more information, see the Oxford County infographic, "Your Tax Dollars Explained."

Tax levies collected by the County are used to: 

  • maintain and manage most of the public works infrastructure across the County, including bridges and highways, drinking water, wastewater, and garbage and recycling;                   
  • deliver social services, ambulance, and long-term care services directed by the provincial government;
  • provide development and community planning for each area municipality and the County as a whole;          
  • maintain county-wide information systems, library services and archives; and,   
  • administer the Provincial Offences Court.

Where are your dollars spent?