Through the direction of Grey County Council, tax dollars are put into action to serve residents, support people in need and help our community prosper.
But have you ever wondered how each tax dollar is spent? The image below shows the 2020 budget broken down into different functions. As you can see, there’s a lot more to the budget than roads and bridges. In fact, of every dollar spent, $0.46 goes directly to helping people – specifically people at risk. See for yourself.
Grey County maintains 887 km of roads and 192 bridges to ensure they are safe for travel. In 2020, we’re increasing our spending to ensure our infrastructure is maintained, making repairs where they are needed most. Projects will be completed on Grey Roads 2, 9, 15, 19, and 29.
Grey County paramedics respond to more than 24,000 calls each year and this number continues to rise. Innovative programs like community paramedicine are improving quality of life and helping people stay at home longer and out of hospital.
Corporate Services ensures that services are delivered efficiently and professionally. This budget includes the costs of administration, compliance with regulations, information technology, building costs (electricity, maintenance, etc.) and County Council. This budget also captures commitments made to healthcare initiatives and education.
Workforce attraction and retention is a priority to our local economy. In 2020, Grey County will continue to strengthen our local workforce by expanding the offerings of the Sydenham Campus, attracting newcomers to our region and supporting Georgian College as they grow their international student offerings in Owen Sound.
Grey County is growing! Building activity is up in every municipality and we expect the trend to continue. Additional planning staff will help move applications along quicker and will allow staff to focus on other critically important projects, like our Climate Change Action Plan and the Age-Friendly Communities study.
Grey County maintains 997 units of affordable housing and supports the operation of an additional 500+ units of non-profit housing. In 2020 we will assist with the construction of a 54-unit affordable housing apartment at Odawa Heights in Owen Sound. Grey County also supports emergency housing for people in crisis.
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 1,300 clients and participates in other social initiatives. Grey County also offers programs, subsidies and information to parents with young children. In 2020, we’re providing child care fee subsidy to help make care more affordable for qualifying families.
Grey County currently operates 316 long-term care beds at three locations. In 2020 we are investing in more staff hours to improve personal care and program for our residents. We will also be actively planning the redevelopment and expansion of Rockwood Terrace.