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County Council Approves 2017 Budget

Oxford County Council has approved a $73.4 million budget for 2017 and it features a 3.48% increase in the tax levy.

OXFORD COUNTY - Oxford County Council has officially approved a budget for 2017. The $73.4 million capital budget will feature a 3.48% tax levy increase.

CAO Peter Crockett tells Heart FM council tried to find ways to lower the tax levy.

"The interesting part is council didn't ask us to do less, they just found different ways to finance some of the work so they could lessen the tax burden but recognize the things we were suggesting needed to be done and that work will advance."

Council opted to fund certain items in the budget through reserves instead of taxation.

During budget discussions council approved a $12,000 funding increase for youth entrepreneurism and a $10,000 decrease in the SCOR budget. They also voted against adding a Shared Court Security Funding Model for the Woodstock Courthouse to the budget.

Although it wasn't added to the budget, Warden David Mayberry believes there is still a possibility of shared court security in the future.

"It was declined to put it in the budget, that doesn't mean that the county won't pay for it. They can of course pay for that out of reserves at some point in the future, but it was declined to put it in as a taxation item in the budget."

A bylaw to formalize the budget will be brought to council on January 11th 2017.

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