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2018 Budget Documents

2018 Budget Statistics

  • 2018 Total Operating and Capital Budget: $144.8 Million
  • 2018 Net Property Levy - $55.3 Million

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 2018 budget broken down into different functions. As you will 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.

A pie chart showing the breakdown of every tax dollar by function.

Two paramedics stand at the base of blue mountain as it is lit up at night.
Paramedic Services
2018 Budget: $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.

An excavator removes materials from the road base.
Transportation Services
2018 Budget: $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.

Front of the Admin Building following the renovation
Corporate Services, Healthcare and Education
2018 Budget: $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:

  • appointing an integrity commissioner
  • enhancing communications and engagement
  • supporting “The Hospital Campaign
  • supporting the Georgian College Marine Emergency Duties training facility
Sparks fly as a man with a welding torch works on a piece of metal.
Economic Development and Tourism
2018 Budget: $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.

The large sign in front of Grey Roots Museum and Archives
Planning, Heritage and the Environment
2018 Budget: $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.

A child uses chalk to draw a house on the ground
Affordable Housing
2018 Budget: $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.

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Ontario Works
2018 Budget: $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.

Five children sit arm in arm in the park.
Children’s Services
2018 Budget: $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.

A nurse stands over a senior in a wheel chair.
Long-Term Care
2018 Budget: $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.


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Mary Lou Spicer
Director of Finance