Oro Medonte’s 2020 Budget Is “Planning for the Future”

Approval Means for An Increase To Your Property Tax Bill

The Township of Oro Medonte has given its final approval to a 2020 budget containing a 3.5% increase over last year. This means for an increase to the property tax bill of $91 on a home assessed at $300,000.

“planning for future infrastructure initiatives while maintaining fiscal responsibility was a significant focus during the preparation of the 2020 budget,” said Mayor Harry Hughes, “I am pleased that we have been able to find efficiencies in our operating budget that maintain the same level of
services, while keeping the increase below the rate of inflation. The budget is responsible in ensuring a balance between expected service levels, and investing in infrastructure renewal. Throughout the budget process, Council and staff took into consideration current economic challenges impacting the taxpayers of Oro-Medonte.”

Highlights of the 2020 budget include:

Infrastructure and Operations:
• $4.8 million for roads and bridge construction projects
• acquisition of a new spray patch machine for more effective pothole repairs
• acquisition of a new loader

Community Initiatives:
• continued development of community parks
• funding towards establishing a new central Community Centre in partnership with the Simcoe County District School Board
• updating the Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Fire and Emergency Services
• acquisition of high pressure extrication equipment
• acquisition of a new tanker truck
• expansion of fire headquarters to include additional training facilities
• updating the Township’s Fire Master Plan

Environmental Services
• water distribution system upgrades in Sugarbush
• continued investment to integrate Zone 1 (Skyline) water customers in Horseshoe Valley to the Township user pay drinking water system
Customer Service
• funding to modernize the Township’s corporate computer software systems