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Innovation

​Efficiencies & Innovation

The City continues to drive change in the way it delivers services and is constantly looking at ways to achieve Council’s priority to make tax dollars go further.

Innovating to save money and improve service

The City continually works to find efficiencies and build innovation into the way it does business. All City Departments conduct line-by-line reviews of their budgets each year and have embraced a culture of innovation to find savings wherever possible.

Here are a few examples of how the City of Barrie is improving & saving money through innovation:

  • Ongoing energy audits have saved more than $6 million since 2014 and the City’s LED streetlight conversion project saves $575,000 annually.
  • The City saves $500,000 annually by recycling the sand collected during street sweeping and reusing it as part of winter maintenance.
  • Process improvements at the City’s wastewater treatment facility resulted in $140,000 annual savings.
  • The Shift Government project is tackling the root causes of issues such as public health, the opioid crisis, and homelessness through innovative partnerships and proactive approaches to service delivery.
  • The City’s winter maintenance operations are optimizing routes to reduce costs and prepare for growth. The fleet renewal program optimizes lease vs. own to reduce maintenance and operation costs.
  • The City’s move to e-tendering is cutting costs for both the City and suppliers.
  • The City’s Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX) program leverages challenge-based procurement to addresses community driven issues. The first project is seeking ways to connect Seniors and Persons with Disabilities with an innovative solution to clear residential windrows during the winter season.

Did You Know...

Ontario municipalities receive only 9 cents of every tax dollar raised in Ontario, while the Provincial and Federal governments receive 44 cents and 47 cents respectively. In contrast to this, municipalities own 57% of the capital infrastructure, while the Provincial Government owns 41% of Infrastructure and the Federal Government only 2%.

Barrie taxes are very comparable to other municipalities. In fact, they are in the lower end of other major southern Ontario cities. Standard & Poor's reaffirmed the City of Barrie’s AA Credit Rating, with stable outlook.

 

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