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December 18, 2017
2018 Business Plan & Budget

Learn more about the 2018 Business Plan and Budget


Updated January 2018

Oxford County Council approved the 2018 Business Plan & Budget on December 13, 2017, authorizing a total budget of $230.6 million. This marks a $0.8 million decrease (0.3%) over last year's budget.

Read the news release

Download the final 2018 Business Plan & Budget

Learn more about the 2018 budget
 

About the budget process
 

Budget package. The 2018 Draft Business Plan & Budget was released on November 8, 2017.

Special budget website. The schedule of special budget meetings, Council presentations, and individual department budgets for the 2018 budget process can be found at www.oxfordcounty.ca/2018budget 

Budget survey. For the second year in a row, Oxford County took an interactive approach to the budget process by inviting residents to participate in an online survey to identify planning and service priorities for 2018. The survey invited residents to learn more about how various programs and projects are funded and then asked participants to indicate whether the same services should be enhanced, maintained or reduced in the upcoming year. It also asked residents to rate their overall perception of the value for County tax dollars and to indicate how they would like to participate in future budget consultations.
    

A partnership with area municipalities
   

In addition to questions about County-wide services, this year’s budget survey also gave respondents an opportunity to provide input at the area municipal level. Oxford County partnered with seven area municipalities to include questions ranging from general government and emergency services to parks and recreation, transportation and more. The information collected through this partnership will help provide a better understanding of how well municipal services are understood, how they are valued, and which ones are a priority for residents.

With an earlier release date for this year’s survey, Oxford County first shared survey results across departments so that feedback could be considered before budgets were presented to Council. At the County, survey results are shared with County Council during budget deliberations, which begin every fall.

Read the Coucil report with budget survey results here


   

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:

  1. Education Levy. This is set by the Province of Ontario.Taxes are collected then remitted to area school boards.
  2. 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, police and fire services.
  3. 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 for County services, regardless of location, with the exception of properties within the City of Woodstock, where residents do not pay for County library services. In 2017, a residential home valued at $200,000 paid about $70 a month, or $835 for the year ($757 in Woodstock), for County services.