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Where Your Money Goes

Every day residents and business of Barrie use City services and see their tax dollars at work.

In a typical day most residents will use or witness most City services being provided, such as water, curbside collection, roads, traffic signals, street lights, libraries, parks, policefire & snow removal, just to name a few.

Value for Money

The City of Barrie receives 10 cents of every tax dollar, and those 10 cents go a long way. Here are some of the major services residents rely on & the total annual amount paid per home* for each:

Service Amount What You Get

Barrie Police
(service partner)

$768 24/7 availability, 237 police officers, 60,000+ calls for service.
Fire & Emergency Services $385  24/7 availability, 8,000+ calls for service including fire response, vehicle accidents ice rescues, hazardous materials and more.
Roads Operations $243
  • Maintenance & snow cleared from 1,363 lane km of roads, & 605 km of sidewalks.
  • Power to 11,000 street lights & 226 traffic lights.
  • Maintenance & operation of 399 km of storm sewers, 107 km of watercourses, 18 km of culverts & 89 storm ponds.
  • 4,500+ service requests annually
Transit $176
  • 2.7 million annual transit trips.
  • 169,000 transit vehicle in-service hours.
Libraries
(service partner)
$112
  • Two library locations, 6,450 annual service hours (126.5 per week, per library).
  • 355,000 annual visits
Recreation $112
  • 3 community centres, 7 sport & recreation centres, 3 gyms.
  • 56 sport fields, 43 ball diamonds, 37 tennis courts.
  • 2 million+ visits to recreation facilities annually 
Environmental Services $87
  • Over 47,000 households receive curbside collection: bi-weekly garbage collection, weekly organics, blue & grey box collection.
    Parks & Forestry $79
    • Care of 34,000 City-owned street trees, 2,000+ acres of City-owned forest & 812 acres of tree-lined parks.
    • Inspection & maintenance of 88 km of public trails.
    • Inspection & maintenance of all equipment & play areas at 114 playgrounds.
     Culture $29
    • Over 250 culture events annually.
    • Over 700,000 attendance for events each year.
    County of Simcoe(service partner) $294
    • Paramedic services ($94)
    • Long-Term Care ($13)
    • Social Housing ($78)
    • Ontario Works ($76)
    • Children & Community Services ($33)
    * Numbers based on the 2016 Budget & typical Barrie home assessed at $284,000.

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