Bruce County has approved the 2019 budget with a 4.42 per cent increase to the total tax levy. The total levy amount of $46,823,877 is an increase of $1,98,476 over 2018.
The residential tax rate will be 0.71 per cent greater than the 2018 which means a small increase of $2.75 ($389.69/$100,000 of residential assessment compared to the 2018 $386.94).
According to a recent media release, there are 43 business plan projects that have been identified as part of the CAO’s initiatives for 2019, including the second generation of the County’s Mental Wellness Program, First Aid in Mental Wellness and Enhancing Mindfulness, along with progressing the Lean Transformation from Phase 0 (Exploration) to Phase 1 (Building Foundations).
Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan said that, as a result in assessment growth, he is pleased that the budget remains affordable and maintains the tax rates while still being able to invest in people and infrastructure.
Acting CAO, Murray Clarke is also pleased with the budget and business plans. “The vision of Council and the decisions to support the 2019 budget and annual business plans sets a solid foundation for future years’ technology and innovative initiatives which will return high value to Bruce County taxpayers.”