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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.

Proposed 2019 Draft Budget

View the Draft County of Essex 2019 Budget

Copies of the proposed County of Essex 2019 Budget are also available at the County Administration Office, Essex County Civic Centre, Suite 202, 360 Fairview Avenue W., Essex between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Alternative formats are available upon request.

The Council of the Corporation of the County of Essex will undertake deliberations and consider adoption of the proposed 2019 Budget on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, Essex County Civic Centre, 360 Fairview Avenue W., Essex. Additional budget deliberations (if required) will take place during the regular meeting of Essex County Council on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Written submissions or comments from the public relating to the proposed budget will be accepted until 4:30 pm on Thursday,January 10, 2019. Comments can be submitted in person, by fax or by email and should be addressed to:

Sandra Zwiers

Director of Financial Services/Treasurer, County of Essex

Tel: 519-776-6441 ext. 1312

TTY: 1-877-624-4832

Fax: 519-776-4455

szwiers@countyofessex.on.ca

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. 

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.