Town of Lincoln 2022 Budget

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We want to hear from you

The 2022 Budget Engagement process is now open. As we prepare the 2022 Budget, your input will help us understand which services are a priority to you. Please take a few moments to take our survey at the bottom of this page.



Meeting Council Priorities through an Open and Transparent Budget Process

Each year, the Town of Lincoln creates an operating budget and a capital budget, as well as a 10-year capital forecast.

The Town of Lincoln extremely values the input of all residents, businesses owners and stakeholders alike towards the critical decisions made on our annual budget. There are many factors that affect the Town’s budget, and Town staff continually balance necessary costs and priorities while maintaining the service levels that our community expects. Activities and expectations for the Town are directly tied in with the 2019 – 2022 Council Priorities set out by Council in 2019.

2021 Budget Successes

The Town of Lincoln’s 2021 budget demonstrated Council’s commitment to investing in Lincoln while also recognizing the effects COVID-19 has had and continues to have on our entire community. The 2021 Town of Lincoln budget was truly a team effort from all staff who worked tirelessly to prepare the budget, community members who told us what matters most to them, and Council who listened, asked questions and made sound decisions the support our entire community.

The 2021 capital budget of $27.7 million represented an investment in new & improved infrastructure.

The operating budget of $23.6 million covers the daily costs of running Town services.

Council approved an overall increase of 1.9% on the Town’s portion of the tax rate:

  • 0% capital,
  • 0.9% operating, and
  • 1% money in the bank,

at a realized blended rate of 1.67%.



Taxpayer Affordability

Lincoln remains one of the most affordable municipalities* when considering property taxes as a per cent of household income:

  • 3rd lowest in property taxes only
  • 4th lowest in water/sewer rates & property taxes

*Among local municipalities in Niagara.


Where do my taxes go?

Tax Distribution

Lincoln’s tax bill accounts for three agencies. In addition to the Town of Lincoln’s portion of the tax bill, property taxes pay for the delivery of services by Niagara Region and the School Boards. The Town of Lincoln accounts for 37%, Niagara Region for 51% and School Boards for 12%.

Services provided by your Property Tax Bill (per $100 spent)

Town of Lincoln Services / 36.55%Niagara Region Services / 50.92%Education / 12.53%
Roads, Sidewalks & Transit.... $12.11Niagara Regional Police Services.... $20.53Education (school boards).... $12.53
Parks, Recreation & Culture.... $10.20Regional Roads & Transit.... $9.42
Lincoln Fire Rescue... $4.39Regional Community Services.... $6.15
Legislative & Administrative... $4.36Public Health... $5.02
Lincoln Public Library..... $2.33Niagara Regional Housing.... $4.39
Planning & Municipal Enforcement.... $1.85Regional Waste Management.... $3.59
Economic Development..... $1.14Regional Administrative Services.... $1.12
Health & Social Services.... $0.17Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.... $0.70


Value for Tax Dollar

The following graph outlines the distribution of Lincoln's share of the tax bill per $1 spent on the Operating Budget.

Service Area
Share of the Tax Bill
Parks, Facilities, Recreation and Culture24 cents
Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure21 cents
Capital Levy and Special Infrastructure Levy16 cents
Legislative, Administrative and General Government13 cents
Fire Rescue Service11 cents
Planning and Municipal Law Enforcement6 cents
Agencies, Boards and Committees6 cents
Economic Development and Tourism3 cents

We want to hear from you

The 2022 Budget Engagement process is now open. As we prepare the 2022 Budget, your input will help us understand which services are a priority to you. Please take a few moments to take our survey at the bottom of this page.



Meeting Council Priorities through an Open and Transparent Budget Process

Each year, the Town of Lincoln creates an operating budget and a capital budget, as well as a 10-year capital forecast.

The Town of Lincoln extremely values the input of all residents, businesses owners and stakeholders alike towards the critical decisions made on our annual budget. There are many factors that affect the Town’s budget, and Town staff continually balance necessary costs and priorities while maintaining the service levels that our community expects. Activities and expectations for the Town are directly tied in with the 2019 – 2022 Council Priorities set out by Council in 2019.

2021 Budget Successes

The Town of Lincoln’s 2021 budget demonstrated Council’s commitment to investing in Lincoln while also recognizing the effects COVID-19 has had and continues to have on our entire community. The 2021 Town of Lincoln budget was truly a team effort from all staff who worked tirelessly to prepare the budget, community members who told us what matters most to them, and Council who listened, asked questions and made sound decisions the support our entire community.

The 2021 capital budget of $27.7 million represented an investment in new & improved infrastructure.

The operating budget of $23.6 million covers the daily costs of running Town services.

Council approved an overall increase of 1.9% on the Town’s portion of the tax rate:

  • 0% capital,
  • 0.9% operating, and
  • 1% money in the bank,

at a realized blended rate of 1.67%.



Taxpayer Affordability

Lincoln remains one of the most affordable municipalities* when considering property taxes as a per cent of household income:

  • 3rd lowest in property taxes only
  • 4th lowest in water/sewer rates & property taxes

*Among local municipalities in Niagara.


Where do my taxes go?

Tax Distribution

Lincoln’s tax bill accounts for three agencies. In addition to the Town of Lincoln’s portion of the tax bill, property taxes pay for the delivery of services by Niagara Region and the School Boards. The Town of Lincoln accounts for 37%, Niagara Region for 51% and School Boards for 12%.

Services provided by your Property Tax Bill (per $100 spent)

Town of Lincoln Services / 36.55%Niagara Region Services / 50.92%Education / 12.53%
Roads, Sidewalks & Transit.... $12.11Niagara Regional Police Services.... $20.53Education (school boards).... $12.53
Parks, Recreation & Culture.... $10.20Regional Roads & Transit.... $9.42
Lincoln Fire Rescue... $4.39Regional Community Services.... $6.15
Legislative & Administrative... $4.36Public Health... $5.02
Lincoln Public Library..... $2.33Niagara Regional Housing.... $4.39
Planning & Municipal Enforcement.... $1.85Regional Waste Management.... $3.59
Economic Development..... $1.14Regional Administrative Services.... $1.12
Health & Social Services.... $0.17Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.... $0.70


Value for Tax Dollar

The following graph outlines the distribution of Lincoln's share of the tax bill per $1 spent on the Operating Budget.

Service Area
Share of the Tax Bill
Parks, Facilities, Recreation and Culture24 cents
Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure21 cents
Capital Levy and Special Infrastructure Levy16 cents
Legislative, Administrative and General Government13 cents
Fire Rescue Service11 cents
Planning and Municipal Law Enforcement6 cents
Agencies, Boards and Committees6 cents
Economic Development and Tourism3 cents

  • Your Feedback is Important to Us!

    The Town of Lincoln is committed to ensuring we provide services in an effective, efficient, and financially sustainable way. Each year, the Town prepares and approves an annual budget to address Council and community priorities, operations, services and infrastructure, and asset management. Council and staff make strategic decisions to balance affordability with service delivery levels.

    As we prepare for 2022 budget deliberations and approval in late 2021, we want to hear from you. Your input will help us better understand which services are a priority to you.

    Please fill out this brief survey that will help Town Council make decisions during budget discussions that reflect community priorities.



    Collection of Personal Information

    Personal information will be collected, used, and disclosed by the Town of Lincoln in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) for the purposes of gathering feedback and community engagement. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Refer any questions to the Legislative Services Department at 905-563-8205 or clerks@lincoln.ca.

     

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