Posted On: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
“Council and staff have worked together to deliver a budget that is responsible and future focused. Grey County provides many important services that residents need and deserve. We believe this budget balances the competing needs of these programs and manages rising costs and inflation,” said Grey County Warden Stewart Halliday.
Council, while sitting as committee of the whole, approved the 0.36% budget increase at their regular meeting on January 11, 2018. The decision was formalized with the passing of the budget by-law at the Grey County Council meeting on January 25, 2018.
Grey County delivers a wide range of services to residents. The County maintains 877km of roads, operates three long-term care homes with 316 beds, helps more than 800 families access affordable child care and makes housing available for families and individuals at 888 units across the county. Other public services include the administration of social services programs like Ontario Works, paramedic services, planning, economic development, tourism, heritage, Provincial Offences administration and more.
Paramedic Services - $6.4 Million
Each year, Grey County paramedics respond to more than 20,000 emergency calls. Grey County is continuing with plans to enhance service levels and response times by building a new paramedic base in Chatsworth.
Transportation Services - $17.8 Million
Maintaining 877 kilometres of roads and 192 bridges over 3 metres is no easy task. Grey County is increasing the investment in roads to ensure our infrastructure is maintained in good condition. There are 13 projects planned for 2018 including work on Grey Road 9, Grey Road 10, Grey Road 15, Grey Road 17, Grey Road 32, Grey Road 40, Grey Road 112 and two bridges.
Corporate Services, Healthcare and Education - $9.6 Million
The corporate services budget captures the costs County administration, keeping the lights on and maintaining properties and facilities. This budget also includes council services, staffing, running the Provincial Offences Court, Health Unit funding, information technology and other community funding. Notable investments in 2018 include:
Economic Development and Tourism - $1.3 Million
The 2018 budget continues implementing the Economic Development Strategy and Destination Development Action Plan. Funding in 2018 will support attracting and retaining newcomers, investments in rural broadband, seed funding for a proposed regional skills training, trades and innovation centre, development of a tourism app and more.
Planning, Heritage and the Environment - $3.2 Million
This budget includes Planning, support for Grey Ag Services and Grey Roots Museum and Archives. In 2018, Grey County will finalize and begin implementing the new Grey County Official Plan. In addition, the Forest Management Plan will be finalized along with a Recreational Trails Master Plan. At the museum, Grey Roots will continue planning a refresh of the Grey County Gallery.
Affordable Housing - $7.5 Million
Grey County delivers social housing programs that support people in need of housing and shelter. The 2018 budget supports the operation of 888 rent-geared-to-income housing units and an additional 490 non-profit housing units. On top of day-to-day needs and rising utility costs, we are steadily updating and renovating units to ensure they are safe and secure. Grey County also delivers programs like the rent supplement, home ownership and Ontario Renovates.
Ontario Works - $2.2 Million
Ontario Works is a provincial program delivered by Grey County that provides financial and employment assistance to residents in need. Grey County has a stable caseload of around 1,350 clients and participates in other social initiatives such as the Movin’GB rural transportation pilot, the data sharing network with community partners, the Community Drug and Alcohol Strategy and other projects.
Children’s Services - $1.2 Million
Grey County is increasing child care resources to address changes and support the Province’s priority of increasing licensed child care accessibility for families. Grey County also provides fee subsidies for eligible families in need to help make licensed child care more affordable.
Long-Term Care - $6.3 Million
Grey County operates 316 long-term care beds in three locations. The 2018 budget ensures Grey County can continue providing compassionate, high-quality care to our residents. The County will continue saving for future long-term care redevelopment needs that must be completed before 2025.
The draft 2018 budget includes an additional $200,392 to be raised through taxes, an increase of 0.36% from 2017. This increase works out to $4.06 for the average household.
Full draft budget details are available on Grey County’s website, www.grey.ca/budget.
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