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Where Your Money Goes

Every day your tax dollars provide programs and servic​es 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, police, fire & 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:

What You Get
Fire & Emergency Service
  • ​24/7 availability
  • Less than 6 minutes travel time in 90% of incidents (2020)
  • 3,500+ fire inspections (2020)
  • 21,250 emergency calls processed (2020)
  • Response to 7,453 emergency incidents (2020)

Barrie Police
(service partner)

  • 24/7 emergency response and proactive community policing with evidence-based, technology-supported initiatives such as body-worn cameras​
  • Action on 68,460 calls for service per year (average; 2018-2020)​
  • Dedicated Traffic Services, Crime Prevention, Marine Unit, and Courthouse Security​
  • Complex investigations handled by specialized units including Crimes Against Persons, Human Trafficking, Tech Crimes, Homicide, Drugs, Missing Persons
  • Implementation of Community Safety and Well Being Plan including proactively addressing social and/or criminal issues
  • 15,000+ training hours for members per year​
(service partner)
  • Two library locations (expanding to three in Fall 2021)
  • ​​63,000+ hours of public PC use
  • 26,500+ wireless network sessions ​
  • Access to LinkedIn Learning and other databases and online learning tools ​​
  • In-depth reference assistance for 9,000+ questions annually
  • 150+ online programs each month across all ages
  • 575,000+ annual visits

Roads & Traffic Operations$274
  • Maintenance of 1579 km of roads, 617 km of sidewalks and 20,000+ signs (including winter control, road resurfacing, pothole repairs, street sweeping, etc.)
  • Maintenance of 103 km of watercourse, 405 km of storm mains, 98 storm ponds​, and BCRY Railway operations on 35 ​km of track
  • Daily operation and maintenance of a 46-bus conventional fleet ​
  • 17 specialized transit buses for persons with mobility difficulties
  • Service provided 7 days a week through a private contractor ​​
Recreation & Culture
​Economic & Creative Development
Parks & Forestry$117
  • Care of 35,000 City-owned street trees, 2,100+ acres of City-owned forest, and 820 acres of tree-lined parks
  • Inspection & maintenance of 150 km of public trails, boardwalks, and footbridges
  • Inspection & maintenance of all equipment and play areas at 120 playgrounds, splash pads, and outdoor exercise equipment
  • Maintenance of 690 acres of parkland, including sports fields​, dog off-leash areas, disc golf, and passive use areas
Solid Waste Operations
Development Services​$20
* Numbers based on the 2021 Budget & typical Barrie home assessed at $367,550.

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