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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)

$850
  • 24/7 availability
  • 237 police officers
  • 62,000+ calls for service
Fire & Emergency Services $423 
  • 24/7 availability
  • 9,000+ calls for service achieving a travel time under 6 minutes 90% of the time. 
Roads Operations $262
  • Maintenance & snow cleared from 1,500+ km of roads, & 690+ km of sidewalks
  • Power to 11,700 street lights & 246 traffic lights
  • Maintenance & operation of 677 km of storm sewers, 106 km of watercourses, 20 km of culverts & 89 storm ponds
  • 8,900 service requests annually
Transit $207
  • 2.7 million annual transit trips
  • 194,000 transit vehicle in-service hours
Libraries
(service partner)
$127
  • Two library locations
  • 6,600 annual service hours
  • 460,000 annual visits
Recreation $130
  • community centres with 3 gyms
  • 8 sport & recreation centres
  • 89 sport fields
  • 2 million+ visits to recreation facilities annually                         
Environmental Services $118
  • Over 40,000 households receive curbside collection: bi-weekly garbage collection, weekly organics, blue & grey box collection.
Parks & Forestry $106
  • Care of 35,000 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 120 playgrounds
Creative Economy $41
  • Supported over 120 entrepreneurs through 5 startup programs. 
  • Hosted annual Celebrate Barrie, Canada Day
    and Winterfest events, with expanded
    programming attracting more than 120,000 people
County of Simcoe
(service partner)
$293
  • Paramedic services ($100)
  • Long-Term Care ($15)
  • Social Housing ($111)
  • Ontario Works ($48)
  • Children & Community Services ($38)
* Numbers based on the 2019 Budget & typical Barrie home assessed at $336,000.








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