By Brian Donlevy
At the end of 2012 the County of Oxford spent almost a million dollars less than they expected. The audited financial reports for the County showed a year end surplus of $959,052. Some of the savings that led to the surplus was the mild 2012 winter meant less salt and sand was needed, a decrease in the caseload of the Human Services Department and additional provincial funding for Woodingford Lodge. This figure can fluctuate wildly, because it is the result of a number of issues that the County has no control over.
When it comes to long term debt in Oxford County the per household portion dropped last year. The amount of debt last year was $1463 down from $1552 the previous year. The debt dropped because no new debt was taken on by the County and some long term debt has been paid off.
The County’s annual report and strategic plan was unveiled at Oxford County Council. This year both documents are in an entirely online format, but can be printed. The annual report looks at all of the accomplishments in the County. It also gives the citizens of the County a chance to see how their tax dollars are being spent.
A new Oxford tourism guide has hit the market. This one is called a taste of Oxford and is a culinary and dining guide for the County. Not only does it highlight local restaurants it also has a list of local artisans and farm markets. There were more than 40,000 copies of the guide printed and they will be available at tourism information spots, local hotels and motels and other locations throughout the county.
The group opposing the proposed landfill in Centreville want people to comment on the proposed dump, but they don’t want people to comment right away. A draft terms of reference document around the landfill has been released and it is inviting comment, but according to OPAL any comments would not have any impact. The time for meaningful public comment will be once the formal terms of reference have been filed with the Ministry which will be near the end of July. Once filed the public will have 30 days to respond. OPAL spokespeople claim that any comments against the dump will be used by Walker Environmental, the company that wants to build the dump, to strengthen their arguments to have the process proceed.