2020 Budget

2020 Budget
 

Budget Overview

Lincoln is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Niagara. We have a responsibility to our community to deliver high-quality services efficiently and cost-consciously.


The Lincoln Context:

As we grow, we are limited by the amount of resources available. Providing exceptional services while balancing affordability for our residents and businesses drives all decision-making.

We cannot address all of our growth and infrastructure challenges alone. We continue to seek partnerships and support from other levels of government. We have been more successful than ever and have made government advocacy a big part of what we do.


A Strong Foundation:

This year like in the past, investment in capital and operating budgets remain at a level that seeks to continue to invest

Our goal is to keep our foundation strong, through steady, incremental investments. For instance:

  • Council has invested in a 1.5% special infrastructure levy since 2017 to address the infrastructure gap occurring across the province
  • This last and current term of Council have invested at least $2 million each year in the road rehabilitation and resurfacing program to get Lincoln's roads back to acceptable conditions

The Town’s financial wellbeing is sound. For example:

  • Lincoln's long-term borrowing remains well below internal policy and provincial standards as far out as 2045, even with significant forecasted capital infrastructure investment in our community
  • The Province’s most recent review of Lincoln's financial indicators found good financial health with low risk. This demonstrates Lincoln’s prudent investment in our financial sustainability

Affordability:

Lincoln remains one of the most affordable communities in relation to household income and property taxes.

  • 3rd lowest – property taxes only (3.7%)
  • 4th lowest – water/sewer + property taxes (4.5 %)

Overall Tax Levy Scenario 

In addition to the Town of Lincoln's portion (36%) of the tax bill, property taxes pay for the delivery of community programs and services by Niagara Region (including waste) (51%) and the school boards (13%).

The impact to property taxes is a combination of these three agencies, with Lincoln only controlling about1/3 of your tax bill.

The overall blended rate is 5.3%. Lincoln’s portion is only 2.17% on your overall tax bill. Household impact is based on all three agencies and your property assessment (overseen by MPAC).


Budget Impact to Property Taxes

This year, the budget impact to a property tax bill, per property assessment values of:

  • $100,000 = $63.89
  • $200,000 = $127.78
  • $300,000 = $191.67
  • $400,000 = $255.56
  • $500,000 = $319.45

A portion of every tax dollar is used to provide more than 90 programs and services to ensure a high quality of life for residents.

  • Fire and rescue services, police, EMS
  • Winter operations (snow removal, salting, sanding of roads)
  • Waste management services
  • Parks, Trails and Recreation programs (summer camps, swimming lessons, leisure activities, seniors programming)
  • Community beautification (grass cutting, trees, flowers, boulevards)
  • Public transit (uLinc)
  • Community events
  • Museum & cultural services
  • Library services
  • By-law services

For all these programs and services, based on the avg. assessed home at $388,000, the impact to the taxpayer is:

  • Year: $247.90
  • Month: $20.66
  • Week: $4.77, which equates to approximately 2 coffees per week
  • Day: $0.68[AC1]

Value for Tax Dollar

an image of a loonie with a breakdown of what a resident pays for municipal services for each dollar

Budget by the Numbers - Overall 2020 Tax Levy 
 

2020 budget breakdown

 

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