Bruce County budget set

Bruce County has set their budget for the year which includes a 4.42% increase to the levy. 

The overall budget is  $46,823,877 - an additional $1,982,476 over last year. 

The 2019 taxable assessment across the county increased 5.4% over 2018 and includes a 1.3% increase directly related to new growth and development.

The balance of the increase is a result of the third year of the phased-in increases stemming from the province wide assessment update in 2016 for the 2017-2020 property tax years.

The residential tax rate for 2019 will be 0.71% greater than the 2018 residential tax rate.

Every $100,000 of residential assessment will be taxed at $389.69 in 2019 compared to $386.94 in 2018 for upper tier purposes - a modest increase of $2.75.

Warden Mitch Twolan commented “I am pleased that as a result in assessment growth in Bruce County we have been able to approve a budget that is affordable and maintains the tax rates, while investing in our people and infrastructure.”

The 2019 Budget was including money for the Mental Wellness Program – 2nd Generation, First Aid in Mental Wellness and Enhancing Mindfulness, along with progressing our Lean Transformation from Phase 0 (Exploration) to Phase 1 (Building Foundations).

Acting CAO, Murray Clarke, is pleased with the Budget and Business Plans and said, “the vision of Council and the decisions to support the 2019 Budget and Annual Business Plans sets a solid foundation for future year’s technology and innovative initiatives which will return high value to the Bruce County taxpayer.”