Simcoe County Council today approved a $548 million budget for 2019
Simcoe County Council approved a $548 million budget for 2019 on Tuesday January 22nd. The budget focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services and service levels in the region, while continuing to invest in infrastructure, Transit, Paramedic Services, Solid Waste Management, and Social Housing.
Simcoe County Residents will see an overall 2.00 per cent increase on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2019, an impact of approximately $5.70 per $100,000 of property assessment across the region.
The County maintains a strong financial position, having received for the fourth year in a row a AA long-term issuer credit rating for 2018 from S&P Global Ratings, an independent credit company. The 2019 budget ensures the County continues along this 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 for the region, support infrastructure, increase efficiencies, and prepare for the future.
“Our Council understands the significant role and impact of our services to our residents and communities”
— Simcoe County Warden George Cornell
“Simcoe County’s progression as a vibrant, growing and thriving region brings tremendous opportunity, as well as increased need and demand for regional services, supports and infrastructure,” said Warden George Cornell. “Our Council understands the significant role and impact of our services to our residents and communities and has approved a fiscally responsible budget that upholds our commitment to manage tax payers’ dollars efficiently, while providing flexibility to continue to invest in economic growth, tourism, municipal services, social and health programs, and regional infrastructure.”
2019 Budget Highlights include:
Total County Expenditures for 2019: $548 million:
Long Term Care and Seniors Services $60 million
Paramedic Services $73 million
Social Housing $88 million
Ontario Works $73 million
Transportation and Engineering $69 million
Solid Waste Management $46 million
Children and Community Services $62 million
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