Media release: 2021 Town of Lincoln Budget balances community investment with fiscal responsibility

Media Release - 2021 Town of Lincoln Budget balances community investment with fiscal responsibility

Lincoln, ON - (Feb. 9, 2021) – At their meeting on February 8, Town of Lincoln Council approved the 2021 Budget with an overall increase of 1.9% on the Town’s portion of the tax rate. This is broken down as an increase of 0% on the capital side, 0.9% in the operating budget, and 1% money in the bank dedicated to the special infrastructure levy, at a blended rate of 1.75% on the tax bill.

“Council has approved a sound fiscal plan that invests in our infrastructure, programs and services while maintaining a low tax rate for the community,” said Town of Lincoln Mayor Sandra Easton. “Over the past seven years, the average annual increase has been 2.54%, which helped support continued investments in our growing community and provide the high quality of life our residents deserve.”

“The 2021 Lincoln Budget reflects much hard work from staff to balance the need for continued community investment and the financial impact of the pandemic, as well as thoughtful decision-making by the Budget Committee to deliver on our priorities and respond to the community’s needs and wishes,” said Adam Russell, Chair of the Committee of the Whole – Budget and Ward 1 Councillor. “I would also like to thank everyone who participated in our budget engagement survey.”  

The Capital Budget represents an investment of $27.7 million in new and improved infrastructure. Below are the key areas of investment and several projects for each area:

  • Transportation – Bridge rehabilitation and culvert improvement projects, road reconstruction projects, Road Rehabilitation Program including a $1.9 million investment in road improvements
  • Environment and Safety – Shoreline Protection Study, wastewater construction and design projects, investment in Fire safety equipment
  • Social Infrastructure – Cemetery maintenance and restoration projects, new park development planning projects, playground enhancements and improvements, addressing built environment accessibility deficiencies
  • Corporate Infrastructure – Corporate Systems and IT equipment, improved community & gateway signage, vehicle/equipment additions and improvements, BDSS Secondary Plan

The Operating Budget of $23.6 million covers the daily costs of running more than 90 Town programs and services that impact daily life in Lincoln, including road repair, recreation programs, public libraries, by-law enforcement, fire services and parks. Programs and projects of note in 2021 include:

  • Enhancing community engagement through a new online engagement platform
  • Active Transportation and Traffic Calming
  • Distribution of Water Quality Management System
  • Enhancement of public and open spaces
  • Cannabis licensing and enforcement
  • Climate change adaptation

The Town’s Budget is a financial plan that determines how the Town will fund and provide services to our residents and guides decisions on what infrastructure will be built and repaired. For more information visit, https://lincoln.ca/budget/2021-budget.

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(Attachment – Town of Lincoln Budget 2021 Highlights)

For more information, please contact:

Liliana Busnello
Manager of Corporate Communications
Town of Lincoln
Direct: 905-563-2799 ext. 230
Tel: 905-563-8205
lbusnello@lincoln.ca

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