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County of Simcoe approves 2019 budget, will focus on investments, services

The County of Simcoe administration centre on Highway 26. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

At a meeting on Tuesday, the County of Simcoe council approved a $548 million budget for 2019.

According to a news release issued by the county, the 2019 budget focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services in the region, while continuing to invest in infrastructure, transit, paramedic services, solid waste management and social housing.

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“Simcoe County’s progression as a vibrant, growing and thriving region brings tremendous opportunity, as well as increased need and demand for regional services, supports and infrastructure,” said Simcoe County warden George Cornell in the release.

“Our Council understands the significant role and impact of our services to our residents and communities and has approved a fiscally responsible budget that upholds our commitment to manage taxpayers’ dollars efficiently,” Cornell continued, “while providing flexibility to continue to invest in economic growth, tourism, municipal services, social and health programs, and regional infrastructure.”

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The county has allotted $60 million for long term care and seniors’ services, $73 million for paramedic services, $88 million for social housing and $73 million for Ontario Works.

The county will also spend $69 million on transportation and engineering, $46 million for solid waste management and $62 million for children and community services.

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The county says residents will see a 2.00 per cent increase on the county portion of their municipal property taxes in 2019 — approximately $5.70 per $100,000 of property assessment across the region.

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