Media Release - 2020 Budget Approved

For Immediate Release

2020 Budget Investing in Lincoln

Lincoln, ON – (Dec. 17, 2019) – Council approved the Town of Lincoln’s 2020 budget at last night’s Council meeting, Dec. 16, 2019. Lincoln is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Niagara at a 5.9 per cent growth increase since 2011, doubled its construction value since 2017, while continuing to be one of the most affordable municipalities in Niagara in relation to property taxes and per cent of household income.

"Our goal is to keep our foundation strong”, said Mayor Sandra Easton. “The 2020 budget supports a period of increasing growth in population, infrastructure management, community programming and park development that will peak over the next 10-12 years. Growth carries with it a demand for modernization and transformation which speaks to our habits in saving, in acquiring, and in using efficient systems and technology.”

“The 2020 budget is a continued effort of sound investment in Lincoln”, said Councillor JD Pachereva, Budget Chair. “Particularly, while the capital budget is higher than previous years, it has minimal impact to our taxpayers as the majority of projects are funded through development charges, reserves, and long-term borrowing. Essentially, growth continues to pay for growth, while our citizens benefit largely from these significant investments in our community infrastructure.”

“Budget planning is a year-round activity for our staff,” stated CAO Michael Kirkopoulos. “The Town is well-positioned financially, however, as we continually forecast for Lincoln’s immediate and future needs through our operating and capital budget, there is a continued need to invest incrementally.”

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 overall tax bill is an increase of $63.89 per year, on a $100,000 assessment of a property.

Areas of focus include:

  • Investing in our people
    • Living wage
    • Paying our firefighters appropriate call-in pay
  • 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
  • Major construction projects supporting infrastructure upgrades
    • Prudhomme’s (7.5M)
    • Hixon St. Pumping Station (1.1M)
    • Rotary Park (formerly Serena Park) Development (3.1M)
    • Lincoln Ave. Phase 1 Reconstruction (2.1M)
    • Rittenhouse Rd. Reconstruction (2.65M)
  • Road Rehabilitation
    • Rehabilitation and resurfacing program to over 16 km of roadways
    • Urbanization/construction of Rittenhouse Rd. and Lincoln Ave. (phase 1)
    • Continued development of active transportation
    • Speed reduction and traffic calming activities
  • Tourism
    • Adoption of tourism strategy & implementation
    • Significant economic driver for Lincoln  
  • Parks, recreational facility enhancements, beautification, and improvements to public amenities

For more information on the budget visit our web page or follow us on social media @TownofLincolnON to stay up to date on Council meetings, services, events, and more.

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Contact:
Carrie Beatty
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer
Office of the CAO, Town of Lincoln
Cell: 905-401-5707
Office: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
cbeatty@lincoln.ca

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