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. In a typical day residents will use or witness most City services being provided, such as water, curbside collection, roads, traffic signals and 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:

* ​Numbers based on the 2022 Budget & typical Barrie home assessed at $362,740.​​
ServiceAmountWhat You Get
Fire & Emergency Service​$425
  • ​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
  • Support the implementation of the City of Barrie's Community Safety and Well Being Plan including proactively addressing social and/or criminal issues
  • Training Unit delivers 15,000+ training hours for members per year​ 
(service partner)
  • Two library locations (expanding to three in 2022) 
  • ​​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
  • 1.1 million+ books, ebooks, audiobooks, online magazines, and streaming music and videos 
Roads & Traffic Operations$281
  • 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 ​​
  • Daily maintenance of approximately ​700 bus stops​
  • Transit ON Demand​​ service
Recreation & Culture$162
  • Facility, program, and event management to give residents an opportunity to participate in recreational and cultural activities
  • 13 recreation facilities
  • 33 baseball diamonds
  • 56 soccer pitches
  • Theatre venues
  • Cultural events like Canada Day, New Year's Eve, Winterfest
Economic & Creative Development​$33
  • Programs that support: arts & culture, business retention and expansion, business attraction, talent attraction, and retention and tourism development, growing industrial clusters
  • Site selection services
  • Deployment of provincially funded programs aimed at starting and growing small business​ in the community
  • COVID-19 support for business​
Parks & Forestry$116
  • Care of 35,000 City-owned street trees, 2,100+ acres of City-owned forest, and 825 acres of tree-lined parks​
  • Inspection & maintenance of 150 km+ of trails, boardwalks, and footbridges in 1,713 acres of natural areas
  • Inspection & maintenance of all equipment and play areas at 121 playgrounds, splash pads, and outdoor exercise equipment
  • Maintenance of 2,035 acres of parkland, including sports fields​, dog off-leash areas, disc golf, and passive use areas
  • Maintenance of horticulture displays located in the City’s parks, Arboretum and downtown
Solid Waste Operations$102
  • Residential curbside collection of garbage/organics, recycling, and leaf and yard waste ​
  • Landfill site operations, including hazardous waste collection and disposal
Development Services$26
  • ​Preparation and implementation of plans regarding land use and development, including the Official Plan & Zoning By-law, as well as the review of applications for new development​
  • Studies on Affordable Housing, Intensification, Natural and Built Heritage, Brownfields, Community Improvement Plans, Employment Land development and other emerging trends
  • Plans for parks, transportation, and active transportation
  • Traffic calming measures​ and community safety services