Simcoe County council approves 2018 budget

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Simcoe County Council approved its $510 million 2018 budget Nov. 28.

Residents will see an overall one per cent increase on the county portion of their municipal property taxes in 2018, an impact of approximately $3.06 per $100,000 of property assessment.

Officials say the budget focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services and service levels, while continuing to invest in roads, economic development, solid waste management, and social housing.

The 2018 budget also ensures the county continues along a path of long-term fiscal stability, and contains items that address areas of growth, as well as initiatives directed by council to enhance service levels, increase efficiencies, and prepare for the future.

“Meeting the varied needs of our residents while remaining fiscally responsible and accountable is the top priority for our Council,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “The 2018 budget allows us to build upon our investment in social and community services, health services, and economic development, all the while improving on the many vital partnerships we share with municipal and community stakeholders.”

Highlights:

Total county expenditures for 2018: $510 million

Ontario Works – $71 million

Long Term Care and Seniors Services – $57 million

Transportation and Engineering – $74 million

Solid Waste Management – $43 million

Social Housing – $83 million

Paramedic Services – $54 million

Children and Community Services – $53 million

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