2021 Town of Lincoln Budget
The Town of Lincoln provides more than 90 programs and services that impact your life every day, including road repair, recreation programs, public libraries, by-law enforcement, fire services and parks.
That is why the Town budget is so important.
The budget is a financial plan that determines how we will fund and provide services to our residents and guides decisions on what infrastructure will be built and repaired.
Lincoln is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Niagara. As we grow, we are limited by the amount of resources available. The budget helps prioritize the projects and services that will help build a better Town and quality of life for our residents. Providing exceptional services while balancing affordability for our residents and businesses drives all decision-making.
How the Budget Works
Each year, Town staff put forward a preliminary budget. Mayor and Council—with input from residents and businesses—approve a final budget that addresses council priorities, operations, services, infrastructure and asset management. It includes the Operating Budget and Capital Budget.
The operating budget covers day-to-day spending on services such as salaries, grass cutting, recreation programs and fire services. Property taxes cover a large portion of the operating budget, while the rest is funded through provincial grants and subsidies, as well as user fees.
The capital budget funds construction and repair of the Town’s infrastructure. A portion of the capital budget is funded from property taxes, while the rest is funded from reserves, development charges and other levels of government.
Water and Wastewater Rates:
This budget is allocated to pay for the provision of:
- Clean drinking water
- Wastewater collection and removal
- The infrastructure and maintenance of the Town’s water and wastewater systems
On average, 50% of each utility bill paid to the Town of Lincoln also covers Niagara Region’s water and wastewater costs. The Town acts as a retailer in the distribution of water to the resident, while the Region acts as a wholesaler to the municipality. These programs are funded through user fees. The revenue collected from these fees pays for the services and the infrastructure to deliver them.
Balancing the Budget
Provincial law requires the Town to balance its budget each year, which means the money coming in equals the money going out. To balance the budget, the Town can increase its revenues through property taxes or user fees, or through changing or reducing the cost of services. Municipalities also have the opportunity to borrow money at competitive rates.
How to Get Involved
As we prepare the 2021 budget, we want to hear from you. Your input will help us better understand which services are a priority to you and whether you feel you are receiving value for your municipal tax dollars. Please complete the survey.
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