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Council approves 2018 County of Simcoe Budget

County Council's direction continues positive financial position going forward

Midhurst / November 28, 2017 – Simcoe County Council today approved a $510 million budget for 2018, which 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."

Residents will see an overall 1 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.

2018 Budget Highlights include:

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

Attached to this news release is the 2018 County of Simcoe Budget Overview.

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Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile)