Media Release - Lincoln Approves 2019 budget
Lincoln continues to invest with approval of the 2019 budget
Lincoln, ON – (March 7, 2019) – Council approved the Town of Lincoln’s 2019 budget at last night’s Council meeting, March 6, 2019. Lincoln is the fourth fastest growing municipality in Niagara at a 5.9 per cent growth increase since 2011 but remains to be the second most affordable municipality in Niagara in relation to property taxes and per cent of household income.
“The approved budget serves to make an investment in our communities to support growth and deliver quality services to residents,” said Councillor JD Pachereva, Budget Chair. “The areas of focus in this year’s budget include addressing immediate and long-term needs of our community to include preparing for Prudhomme’s, enhancing our road rehab program, making investments across town in parks, community programming and infrastructure," added Pachereva. "This budget process was extensive and resulted in committee trimming some capital and operating expenditures in a few areas. Council also limited its draw on reserves, and once again set aside money for a special infrastructure levy."
Lincoln’s tax bill accounts for three agencies. In addition to the Town of Lincoln, property taxes pay for the delivery of community programs and services by Niagara Region (including garbage and recycling), and the school boards. Therefore, the impact to property taxes is a combination of these three agencies.
As a result of this long-term, strategic investment by Council, the budget impact to a resident’s tax bill is a 4.45 per cent increase. Therefore, per $100,000 of a property’s assessment, the increase to a household bill is $53.72 per year.
“Lincoln is moving and changing, and we have a responsibility to plan for what is ahead of us,” stated CAO Michael Kirkopoulos. “We are experiencing increasing demand for services and growth. With that facing us, we need to invest up front to reap the long-term revenue that growth brings to a community.”
“Building a sustainable community while considering affordability of our residents is paramount,” stated Mayor Sandra Easton. “While this year’s budget was challenging like most growing municipalities are facing, we believe our decision to invest is the correct one to remain affordable, be competitive, and best plan for our future needs.”
As such, areas of focus include:
- Continued special infrastructure levy to address long-term infrastructure investment
- Mitigating the funding gap that all municipalities are experiencing
- Includes, road maintenance and repairs, water and sewer servicing
- Keeping our roads safe
- Rehabilitation and resurfacing program to over 16 km of roadways
- Urbanization/construction of Elizabeth St.
- Design for reconstruction of Greenlane Rd. and Rittenhouse Rd.
- Continued development of active transportation
- Speed reduction and traffic calming activities
- Economic development
- Implementation of the five-year strategy
- Land use, investment attraction/retention & job growth strategy
- Parks, recreational facility enhancements, beautification, and improvements to public amenities
- Planning for sustainable fire services
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