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November 13, 2015
2016 Business Plan & Budget

Learn more about the 2016 Business Plan and Budget

The 2016 Business Plan and Budget was approved by Oxford County Council on December 11, 2015, approving $225.9 million in total including $71 million in capital projects for 2016.

The total tax levy to be collected by the County in 2016 is $53.3 million, a 2% increase over last year’s tax levy. However, an increase in property values assessed through MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) means the average residential homeowner will pay about the same tax this year for County services. An average single family detached home valued at $243,993 will pay about $920 in total for County services for the year.

The 2016 budget was approved after a series of meetings that began on November 18, 2015.

Click here for a listing of budget meeting agendas and minutes.

Visit the 2016 Business Plan and Budget "mini-site" with a breakdown of business plans by department.

Budget highlights

Highlights of the 2016 budget include:

  • $71.0 million in capital projects, including facilities solar projects, various roads improvements and bridge rehabilitation, continuing upgrades to the Ingersoll wastewater treatment plant, and universal water metering installation;
  • $1.3 million in new corporate initiatives for Future Oxford, Strategic Initiatives, corporate performance management system, source water protection plan, 10-year land ambulance master plan, and a review of health records management.
  • The 2016 budget provides opportunities for transformational change through new initiatives like source water protection implementation, planning to meet growth in demand for paramedic (ambulance) services, and ongoing support and leadership for the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan, which sets out 70 distinct actions as a pathway to improve quality of life for Oxford’s current and future generations.

New Initiatives

To advance the directives of Oxford County Council in support of the County's Strategic Plan, the 2016 budget includes six new initiatives:

To read more about these initiatives, read Council this Week - Highlights from the November 18 Special Budget Meeting agenda.

To review budget documents, presentations to Council, and department business plans and budgets, visit the special budget website at 

You can also review the full 2016 budget package, which includes budget, business plans, the long term capital plan and budget highlights.

Have your say

Oxford County residents can submit questions or comments about the 2016 Business Plan and Budget by clicking on the "Send a comment now!" button.