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New Tecumseth taxes, DCs, to help fund new emergency hub in Barrie

Posted July 31, 2017

Simcoe County ratepayers and development charges will finance the upper tier's approximate $23 million share of Barrie's $109 million emergency service campus, which includes a new paramedic operational hub.

Paramedic services are provided by Simcoe County, including Barrie and Orillia, and is partnering with the City to build new headquarters for Barrie Police and its fire department.

Barrie and Orillia share in the funding of Paramedic Services and in line with the current agreement will together fund 31 per cent of the County's share, Jane Sinclair, General Manager , Health and Emergency Services told Free Press Online via email.

"Of the County portion, $2M has been allotted from the 2016 surplus, approximately one third will be funded through development charges and the nature of the funding for the remainder will be directed by council as the timing of the expenses arise and are considered during the annual budgets," wrote Ms. Sinclair.

"As a hub for regional Paramedic Services, the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus will provide many operational efficiencies and enhancements to our services across the county. Being able to adapt to growth in Barrie and surrounding municipalities will have a relative impact on response times and resources across the region. Additionally, we will be able to centralize storage areas, vehicle maintenance centres and training facilities to improve our operations across the board as we experience increased calls and demand."

Simcoe County opened two new paramedic stations in Alliston and Beeton, costing approximately $5 million. Barrie and Orillia contributed about 32.4 per cent of the cost.

New Tecumseth ratepayers were tapped for $16.1 million in property taxes or 10.58 per cent of the total $152 million levy, the third highest, slightly less than Bradford West Gwillimbury at $16.2 million. Innisfil was top at $18.2 million.

The three south Simcoe municipalities also provide the greatest share of development charges to the County.

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All stories, unless otherwise noted,
by Tony Veltri