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County Council talking budget today

A tax increase of 2 percent will be on the table

The draft 2016 budget, including a two per cent tax increase, will be on the table at a special Simcoe County meeting Thursday morning.

Labour costs are responsible for much of the proposed increase, thanks to $6 million increase in salaries, wages, and benefits. There are also plans to hire 22 new people next year, at a cost of over $2 million.

The county's operating budget tops $389 million and the following is a breakdown of the biggest expenditures:

Ontario Works: $84 million

Long Term Care: $51 million

Solid waste management: $46 million

Paramedic Services: $43 million

Children and Community Services: $40 million

Social Housing: $39 million

Transportation and Engineering: $22 million

Watch for an update on BarrieToday following Thursday's meeting.


Robin MacLennan

About the Author: Robin MacLennan

Robin MacLennan has been a reporter, photographer and editor for the daily media in Barrie, across Simcoe County and Toronto for many years. She is a proud member of the Barrie community.
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