New Tecumseth taxes, DCs, to help fund new emergency hub in
Posted July 31,
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
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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