Media Release - 2018 Budget Approved

Town of Lincoln 2018 budget approved

Lincoln, ON – (Dec. 19, 2016) – Council approved the Town of Lincoln’s 2018 budget at last night’s Council meeting, Dec. 18, 2017. Lincoln is the fourth fastest growing municipality in Niagara at a 5.9 per cent growth increase since 2011, but remains to be the third most affordable municipality in Niagara.

The approved budget serves to make an investment in our communities to support growth and deliver quality services to residents, including:

  • Parks, recreational facility enhancements, beautification, and improvements to public amenities
    • Development of a parks and facilities master plan to determine the long-term needs of Lincoln’s parks and recreational facilities
  • 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
  • Continued development of active transportation
    • Free public transit to move people across Lincoln
    • Bike lanes, trails and pathways
  • Economic development
    • Development of downtown cores
    • Land use, investment attraction/retention & job growth strategy
  • Complete communities
    • Planning for Lincoln’s future using a holistic approach to services – transit, road safety, walkable communities, parks, trails, fire safety cultural and heritage activities, and recreational amenities

These investments are a few examples of the services and focus of this year’s budget. Other service delivery includes capital project financing, recreation facilities and programs, park maintenance, Lincoln Public Library, fire rescue and prevention, winter maintenance, planning, zoning, civic administration, by-law services, and streetscaping, and community events.

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 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 2.84 per cent increase. Therefore, per $100,000 of a property’s assessment, the impact to a household bill is $34.84 per year.

For more information on the budget or the Town of Lincoln’s services, visit the Town's budget web page..

Quotes:

Mayor Sandra Easton states that “This term of Council set forth long-term budget planning, beyond our four-year term. The 2018 budget continues to demonstrate the importance of long-term sustainability in our community, while balancing growth demands and affordability.”

“This year’s approved budget enables the organization to meet the needs of the community, in the short and long term.” said CAO Mike Kirkopoulos. “Municipalities are facing an ongoing demand for quality service and infrastructure, while also managing the need to remain competitive and affordable. This budget stays the course and continues to invest in the basics while planning for the future.”

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Contact:

Carrie Beatty, Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Lincoln                                          
Office of the CAO  
cbeatty@lincoln.ca                                      
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905.401.5707 (cell)

                               

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