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Budget and Financial Monitoring

The Budget Process 

The budget represents the vision of Essex County Council. It is the financial plan to deliver current municipal services and meet the needs of the future. The County's budget includes both operating and capital requirements for the year.

The budget process begins in August as guidelines and deadlines are set. We work with each department to build draft budgets which get reviewed individually and within the overall plan. The corporate budget is then brought to County Council for review and adoption.

2018 Budget  

The 2018 Budget was considered by County Council on December 6, 2017, and adopted without amendment.

2018 Approved County of Essex Budget

The 2018 Budget follows the County's long-term funding plans for infrastructure expansion and remediation, and introduces a service enhancement to reduce response times for Essex Windsor EMS. With a 1.54% tax increase, the 2018 Budget financially supports Council's commitment to revitalizing the region's social housing stock and preparing for a new Windsor-Essex Hospital System.

A complete discussion of the economic pressures and risks that were considered in developing the 2018 Budget is contained in the Treasurer's 2018 Budget Overview, found at the beginning of the 2018 Budget document. 

2017 Budget 

The 2017 Budget was considered by County Council on February 1, 2017, and adopted with no changes. An overview and interpretation of the economic pressures and risks that were considered in developing the 2017 Budget is contained in the Treasurer's 2017 Budget Overview, found at the beginning of the 2017 Budget document. 

2017 Final County of Essex Budget

Financial Monitoring

Throughout the year, the Treasurer will analyze and report on how the County's operations are progressing compared to budget. This projection report is used by County Council and department heads to make informed decisions on whether service plans need mid-year adjustments.