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Local Government for Cobourg residents includes an upper tier: Northumberland County.  Some services are provided by the County and not the Town and residents pay taxes to them as well as the Town (more on taxes here).

Northumberland County includes the following Towns/Townships:

The County is governed by a “Council” with members who are the Mayors of these municipalities.  The Warden is elected by Councillors at the end of each calendar year.  Also elected is a Deputy Warden who fills in Warden duties if the Warden is not available.

Note that since not all municipalities have the same population, when a "recorded vote" is called for, it may also be a weighted vote per the following:  Alnwick Haldimand (2 votes); Brighton (4 votes); Cobourg (6 votes); Cramahe (2 votes); Hamilton (3 votes); Port Hope (5 votes); Trent Hills (4 votes). This will often happen with contentious issues.

Here are the Councillors for 2021

county councillors 2021

Contact Info

County Services

Services provided by the County are:

Governance Change

A recent change (starting 2021) to Governance is the addition of Standing Committees who meet each month and are chaired by Councillors.  Their role is to provide input to Council meetings from Staff - with a review.  This is similar to Parliamentary committees and comparable to Cobourg's Committee of the Whole.

Standing Committees

2021 council participation

As well as Councillors, relevant staff will participate and citizens may make presentations.  The County web site does not yet provide a way to request presenting at a meeting - contact the County Clerk for instructions.

Agendas and Schedules

The agendas for Council meetings and Committee meetings are on the County web site here.  This page also has recent minutes and other information about Council meetings.

The schedule for all county meetings in 2021 is here.  Note that Council meetings are at 9:30 am;  morning committee meetings are at 9:00 am and afternoon committee meetings are at 1:00 pm.

Advisory Committees

Although the County does have a few advisory committees, their visibility and transparency are poor.  The County web site provides no list of such committees nor dates when they meet. However, a search of their web site provides the following list: