Grey County staff have prepared a draft 2023 Budget for Council's consideration. The draft budget includes operating and capital expenses of $225.1 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.
The following documents and information are currently in draft form. Grey County Council will discuss the 2023 draft budget at a special budget meeting on Friday, January 27 at 10:00 a.m. Information will be updated following a decision by Council.
DRAFT 2023 Budget Documents
2023 Budget Statistics
Total Operating and Capital Budget
Net Property Levy
$67.9 Million collected through local taxation
Breaking Down the Budget
Have you ever wondered how each tax dollar is spent? The image below shows the budget broken down by service. As you can see, there’s a lot more to the budget than roads and bridges. In fact, of every dollar spent, around $0.43 goes directly to helping people – specifically people at risk.
- Corporate Services - $0.16
- Health Care and Education Funding - $0.02
- Planning and Community Development - $0.08
- Social Services (Ontario Works and Child Care) - $0.05
- Affordable Housing Support - $0.12
- Long-Term Care - $0.12
- Paramedic Services - $0.12
- Transportation Services - $0.33
2023 Budget: $22.3 Million
Grey County maintains 887 km of roads and 192 bridges. In 2023, we’re increasing infrastructure spending to make repairs where they are needed most. Projects are planned for Grey Roads 2, 7, 18, 19, 28, and intersection upgrades at 3 and 4 and 19 and 21.
2023 Budget: $8.3 Million
Grey County paramedics receives to nearly 30,000 annual calls for response or standby. Innovative programs like community paramedicine are improving quality of life and helping people stay out of hospital and in their homes longer. The 2022 budget also includes funding to allow for night coverage at the Chatsworth base seven days per week.
2023 Budget: $3.4 Million
Ontario Works is a provincial program delivered by Grey County that provides financial and employment assistance to residents in need. Grey County also offers programs, subsidies, and information to parents with young children. In 2023 we are preparing to see an increase in our Ontario Works caseload as certain pandemic supports end. As well, we are adapting to Provincial changes that impact service delivery and funding.
2023 Budget: $8.3 Million
Grey County currently operates 319 long-term care beds at three locations. Grey County continues moving forward with the redevelopment of Rockwood Terrace in Durham to a 128-bed home. In 2023, additional hours are being funded by the Province to support an increase in direct resident care.
2023 Budget: $8.1 Million
Grey County maintains 997 units of affordable housing and supports the operation of an additional 500+ units of non-profit housing. Grey County also supports those experiencing homelessness. In 2023, Council is committing 1% of the levy to the Affordable Housing Fund. In addition, Grey County is creating multiple units of supportive house at a new location in Owen Sound.
2023 Budget: $12.2 Million
The corporate services budget ensures our programs and services are delivered efficiently and professionally. This budget includes the cost of administration, compliance with regulations, information technology, building costs (electricity, maintenance), and Grey County Council. This budget also captures commitments made to initiatives such as the Marine Emergency Duties Training Centre.
2023 Budget: $3.8 Million
COVID-19 Recovery and workforce attraction and retention are priorities for Grey County’s economic development department in 2023. The Sydenham Campus is growing into a skills training, trades and innovation centre to support entrepreneurship and workforce development. Grey Roots Museum and Archives continues to expand programming. Grey County is making investments in infrastructure to support sustainable tourism.
2022 Budget: $1.4 Million
Grey County continues to grow and there’s no sign of building activity slowing down. Investments are being made in our forest properties and trails.