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Where Your Money Goes

Every day your tax dollars provide programs and services to improve the quality of life for you and your family — here's how.

Value for Money

In a typical day 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.

Here are some of the major services residents rely on and the total annual amount paid per home* for each:

Service Amount What You Get

Barrie Police
(service partner)

$836
  • 24/7 availability
  • 237 police officers
  • 62,000+ calls for service
Fire & Emergency Services $420 
  • 24/7 availability
  • 8,100+ calls for service including fire response, vehicle accidents ice rescues, hazardous materials and more
Roads Operations $258
  • Maintenance & snow cleared from 1,400+ km of roads, & 600+ km of sidewalks
  • Power to 11,000 street lights & 246 traffic lights
  • Maintenance & operation of 456 km of storm sewers, 106 km of watercourses, 18 km of culverts & 89 storm ponds
  • 4,500+ service requests annually
Transit $199
  • 2.7 million annual transit trips
  • 194,000 transit vehicle in-service hours
Libraries
(service partner)
$123
  • Two library locations
  • 6,450 annual service hours
  • 350,000 annual visits
Recreation $120
  • community centres with 3 gyms
  • 7 sport & recreation centres
  • 89 sport fields
  • 2 million+ visits to recreation facilities annually                         
Environmental Services $121
  • Over 42,000 households receive curbside collection: bi-weekly garbage collection, weekly organics, blue & grey box collection.
Parks & Forestry $95
  • Care of 34,000 City-owned street trees, 2,100+ acres of City-owned forest and 816 acres of tree-lined parks
  • Inspection & maintenance of 146 km of public trails
  • Inspection & maintenance of all equipment and play areas at 116 playgrounds
Creative Economy $39
  • Hosted 24 start-up events with 900 attendees. 
  • 170,000+ annual attendees at City-run festivals
County of Simcoe
(service partner)
$297
  • Paramedic services ($102)
  • Long-Term Care ($16)
  • Social Housing ($99)
  • Ontario Works ($45)
  • Children & Community Services ($36)
* Numbers based on the 2018 Budget & typical Barrie home assessed at $334,000.








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