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County set to approve 2019 budget that hikes taxes two per cent

Posted January 8, 2019

Simcoe County council was meeting in special session this morning to deal with the draft 2019 budget which proposes $550 million in operating and capital expenditures, requiring $169 million in taxation to fund it. That's up from $159 million in 2018.

The levy amount works out to a tax increase for County purposes of $5.70 per $100,000 of property assessment, a two per cent hike.

Salaries and benefits in 2019 for the County's approximate 1,900 full and part-time employees will climb to $150.2 million, an increase of $10.1 million. This includes 17 new full time positions.

By departments, Ontario Works at $72.8 million, Children and Community Services, $62.3 million, and Long Term Care and Senior Services, $57.5 million, are the top three expenditures. Each also receive provincial transfers to offset the costs.

Among the capital projects proposed in 2019 is the reconstruction of Cty Rd 15 (King Street) between Victoria Street and Essa Road in Alliston. It's the second phase of the $10 million work that included the replacement of the bridge.

Councillors are expected to approve the package in committee today, with ratification scheduled for January 22.

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by Tony Veltri