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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.

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.

Value for Money

The City receives 9¢ of every tax dollar, and those 9¢ go a long way. 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)

$789
  • 24/7 availability
  • 237 police officers
  • 60,600+ calls for service
Fire & Emergency Services $399 
  • 24/7 availability
  • 8,100+ calls for service including fire response, vehicle accidents ice rescues, hazardous materials and more
Roads Operations $249
  • Maintenance & snow cleared from 1,668 lane km of roads, & 604 km of sidewalks
  • Power to 11,000 street lights & 246 traffic lights
  • Maintenance & operation of 399 km of storm sewers, 106 km of watercourses, 18 km of culverts & 89 storm ponds
  • 4,500+ service requests annually
Transit $187
  • 2.7 million annual transit trips
  • 194,000 transit vehicle in-service hours
Libraries
(service partner)
$113
  • Two library locations
  • 6,450 annual service hours
  • 365,000 annual visits
Recreation $116
  • community centres with 3 gyms
  • 7 sport & recreation centres
  • 56 sport fields
  • 43 ball diamonds
  • 37 tennis courts
  • 2 million+ visits to recreation facilities annually 
Environmental Services $100
  • Over 53,000 households receive curbside collection: bi-weekly garbage collection, weekly organics, blue & grey box collection.
Parks & Forestry $84
  • Care of 34,000 City-owned street trees, 2,100+ acres of City-owned forest and 812 acres of tree-lined parks
  • Inspection & maintenance of 88 km of public trails
  • Inspection & maintenance of all equipment and play areas at 114 playgrounds
Creative Economy $36
  • Hosted 21+ start-up events in 2017
  • 87,000+ annual attendees at City-run festivals
County of Simcoe
(service partner)
$277
  • Paramedic services ($96)
  • Long-Term Care ($13)
  • Social Housing ($78)
  • Ontario Works ($56)
  • Children & Community Services ($34)
* Numbers based on the 2017 Budget & typical Barrie home assessed at $302,000.








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