Departments, Agencies and Boards - 2016 Budget Summary

Corporate Administration

Department Overview

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  • Human Resource Services: $6,839,987
  • Organizational Performance and Accountability: $1,771,423
  • Corporate Communications: $1,160,035
  • Corporate Records, Print and Mail Services: $1,117,612
  • Chief Administrative Officer Office: $801,382

Operating Budget Summary

Corporate Administration has a gross expenditure budget of $11,690,439 and a net budget of $11,355,439. This represents a $281,135 decrease, or 2.4 per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $11,636,574.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the budget include cost reductions in consulting services of $104,000 that were achieved in the Corporate Administration and Organizational Performance and Accountability divisions.

Additionally, $200,000 of reserve funding for consulting costs were reduced in the Corporate Communications related to prior year's Go Rail initiative. Savings were also acheived in compensation and administrative costs for the department.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $9,472,764 $9,330,133 $9,499,708 $9,715,097
Administrative 2,663,940 2,244,159 2,234,626 2,036,916
Operational and Supply 37,500 77,366 77,378 77,390
Occupancy and Infrastructure 150 160 161 163
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 109,883 96,900 96,916 96,933
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 500 250 252 255
Allocations Between Departments (39,933) (58,529) (58,529) (58,529)
Gross Expenditure $12,244,804 $11,690,439 $11,850,512 $11,868,225
By-law Charges and Sales (2,500) (4,000) (4,036) (4,072)
Other Revenue (130,730) (131,000) (131,000) (131,000)
Transfers from Funds (475,000) (200,000) (200,000) (200,000)
Gross Revenue $(608,230) $(335,000) $(335,036) $(335,072)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 11,636,574 11,355,439 11,515,476 11,533,153
Indirect Allocation (8,735,030) (9,002,413) (9,149,865) (9,322,154)
Capital Financing Allocation 117,479 133,206 139,175 102,051
Indirect Allocation (8,617,551) (8,869,207) (9,010,690) (9,220,103)
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $3,019,023 $2,486,232 $2,504,786 $2,313,050

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $(142,631) $169,575 $215,389
Administrative (419,781) (9,533) (197,710)
Operational and Supply 39,866 12 12
Occupancy and Infrastructure 10 1 2
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (12,983) 16 17
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption (250) 2 3
Allocations Between Departments (18,596)    
Gross Expenditure $(554,365) $160,073 $17,713
By-law Charges and Sales (1,500) (36) (36)
Other Revenue (270)    
Transfers from Funds 275,000    
Gross Revenue $273,230 $(36) $(36)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $(281,135) $160,037 $17,677

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Community Services

Department Overview

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  • Social Assistance and Employment Opportunities: $135,439,526
  • Senior Services: $82,985,223
  • Children Services: $38,704,617
  • Homelessness Services and Community Engagement: $8,592,637

Operating Budget Summary

Community Services has a gross expenditure budget of $265,722,002 and a net budget of $30,305,313. This represents a $996,905 decrease, or 3.2 per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $31,301,822.

The budget to support the majority of program and services provided by Community Services is funded by the Province of Ontario, as well as through Federal monies and client fees.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the budget are experienced largely in Social Assistance and Employment Opportunities division. Council approved staffing that includes one new full time equivalent and the change of 28 temporary staff to permanent full time.

Social Assistance and Employment Opportunities division delivers the Ontario Works program. As caseload growth is forecasted to grow by 3 per cent each year 2015-2017, the new position will address the pressing and ongoing need to have accurate and timely data to measure performance, service metrics and ensure that resources are effectively addressing and reducing caseload growth.

The full time equivalents for Social Assistance and Employment Opportunities are funded 50 per cent by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and 50 per cent by the Region through the levy.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $92,377,406 $94,088,786 $95,865,503 $98,140,203
Administrative 2,414,906 2,451,247 2,469,486 2,488,394
Operational and Supply 23,010,522 21,248,206 21,427,403 21,608,212
Occupancy and Infrastructure 4,239,173 4,479,230 4,627,581 4,764,061
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 1,034,616 830,369 787,775 795,141
Community Assistance 129,624,420 142,069,114 145,896,887 149,482,418
Financial Expenditures 6,495      
Allocations Between Departments 295,590 304,870 303,530 302,463
Allocation Within Departments 238,081 250,180 252,061 257,323
Gross Expenditure $253,241,209 $265,722,002 $271,630,226 $277,838,215
Federal and Provincial Grants (196,612,156) (210,950,198) (218,155,374) (224,875,946)
By-law Charges and Sales (2,192,171) (2,206,775) (2,214,852) (2,223,002)
Other Revenue (22,071,047) (22,101,106) (22,299,926) (22,500,535)
Transfers from Funds (1,064,013) (158,610)   (249,599,483)
Gross Revenue $(221,939,387) $(235,416,689) $(242,670,152) $(249,599,483)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 31,301,822 30,305,313 28,960,074 28,238,732
Indirect Allocation 8,795,511 8,595,701 8,978,679 9,080,245
Capital Financing Allocation 5,945,703 7,483,074 10,334,012 10,752,809
Indirect Allocation 14,741,214 16,078,775 19,312,691 19,833,054
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $46,043,036 $46,384,088 $48,272,765 $48,071,786

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

The 2016 capital program represents five distinct projects budgeted at $1,937,250. This accounts for approximately one per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 100 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources.

Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Long-term Care Homes - Resident Care Equipment $623,000 $623,000            
Long-term Care Homes - Capital Improvements / Replacements 557,000 557,000            
Long-term Care Homes - Machinery / Equipment 467,000 467,000            
Long-term Care Homes - Roof Replacement 140,000 140,000            
Long-term Care Homes - Bed Replacement 100,250 100,250            
Child Care - Equipment and Renovations 50,000 50,000            
  $1,937,250 $1,937,250 $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $ -

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $1,711,380 $1,776,717 $2,274,700
Administrative 36,341 18,239 18,908
Operational and Supply (1,762,316) 179,197 180,809
Occupancy and Infrastructure 240,057 148,351 136,480
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (204,247) (42,594) 7,366
Community Assistances 12,444,694 3,827,773 3,585,531
Financial Expenditures (6,495)    
Allocations Between Departments 9,280 (1,340) (1,067)
Allocations Within Departments 12,099 1,881 5,262
Gross Expenditure $12,480,793 $5,908,224 $6,207,989
Federal and Provincial Grants (14,338,042) (7,205,176) (6,720,572)
By-law Charges and Sales (14,604) (8,077) (8,150)
Other Revenue (30,059) (198,820) (200,609)
Transfers from Funds 905,403 158,610  
Gross Revenue $(13,477,302) $(7,253,463) $(6,929,331)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $(996,509) $(1,345,239) $(721,342)

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Corporate Services

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  • IT Solutions: $8,500,287
  • Properties Management: $9,150,944
  • Financial Management and Planning: $4,913,108
  • Legal Services: $3,736,470
  • Financial Management System Implementation: $168,983

Operating Budget Summary

Corporate Services has a gross expenditure budget of $28,428,040 and a net budget of $27,016,809. This represents a $645,547 increase, or 2.4 per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $26,371,262.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the budget include two program changes: Asset Management Plan and Cyber Insurance. The Region will be retaining a consultant over a two year period to assist in the preparation of an Asset Management Plan. The Asset Management Plan will help increase the quality of the Region's capital forecasting, and greatly extend the forecast beyond the current 10-year horizon.

In addition, Cyber and Privacy coverage will be added to Niagara Region's insurance program to assist in protecting the Region against the costs associated with managing privacy crisis and claims brought by third parties for losses associated with cyber-attacks.

Other cost pressures in 2016 were driven by compensation and administrative costs of $653,460 that include the costs for the program changes ($122,142). Occupancy costs have increased by $865,458 due to one-time costs for the police headquarters facility (partially offset by a transfer from police long-term accommodations reserve, $641,592). Technology costs have decreased by $59,792 due to decreased licensing costs and service delivery modifications in IT.

Additionally, there is an increase of $199,723 in other revenue primarily related to funding for the 2017 development charges study ($135,000) from deferred development charge revenues.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $15,199,084 $15,474,086 $17,481,545 $17,906,972
Administrative 4,721,177 5,099,635 4,960,282 4,760,394
Operational and Supply 60,190 61,400 (740,492) (760,657)
Occupancy and Infrastructure 5,058,126 5,923,584 5,505,272 5,337,336
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 2,119,119 2,059,327 2,464,106 2,463,944
Financial Expenditures 174,419 174,419 174,419 174,419
Expense Allocations to Capital   (2,500) (2,500) (2,500)
Allocations Between Departments (100,469) (111,731) (42,221) (42,559)
Allocation Within Departments (248,283) (250,180) (252,061) (257,323)
Gross Expenditure $26,983,363 $28,428,040 $29,548,350 $29,580,026
Federal and Provincial Grants (59,022) (60,202) (60,202) (60,202)
By-law Charges and Sales (260,389) (255,389) (255,389) (255,389)
Other Revenue (254,325) (454,048) (318,708) (318,370)
Transfers from Funds (38,365) (641,592)    
Gross Revenue $(612,101) $(1,411,231) $(634,299) $(633,961)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 26,371,262 27,016,809 28,914,051 28,946,065
Indirect Allocation (26,371,262) (27,016,809) (28,914,051) (28,946,065)
Indirect Allocation (26,371,262) (27,016,809) (28,914,051) (28,946,065)
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $ - $ - $ - $ -

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

The 2016 capital program represents 21 distinct projects budgeted at $14,557,670. This accounts for approximately nine per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 96 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources, with the remaining four per cent from external sources.

Major highlights for the 2016 corporate services capital program include:

  • $3.3M - Long-term care homes redevelopment
  • $3.2M - IT asset replacement program
Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Emergency Capital Levy $500,000 $500,000            
IT Asset Replacement 3,168,500 3,168,500            
Building Site and Exterior works 1,081,500 1,081,500            
Building Systems and Interior works 1,258,670 1,258,670            
Long-term Accommodation works 5,905,000   5,375,000         530,000
Renewable Energy Program 1,366,000     1,366,000        
Miscellaneous 1,278,000 1,278,000            
  $14,557,670 $7,286,670 $5,375,000 $1,366,000 $ - $ - $ - $530,000

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $275,002 $2,007,459 $425,427
Administrative 378,458 (139,353) (199,888)
Operational and Supply 1,210 (801,892) (20,165)
Occupancy and Infrastructure 865,458 (418,312) (167,936)
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (59,792) 404,779 (162)
Financial Expenditures      
Expense Allocations to Capital (2,500)    
Allocations Between Departments (11,262) 69,510 (338)
Allocations Within Departments (1,897) (1,881) (5,262)
Gross Expenditure $1,444,677 $1,120,310 $31,676
Federal and Provincial Grants (1,180)    
By-law Charges and Sales 5,000    
Other Revenue (199,723) 135,340 338
Transfers from Funds (603,227) 641,592  
Gross Revenue $(799,130) $776,932 $338
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $645,547 $1,897,242 $32,014

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Economic Development

Department Overview

Operating Budget Summary

Economic Development has a gross and net expenditure budget of $2,624,145. This represents a $349,589 increase, or 15.4 per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $2,274,556.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the budget include the participation of Niagara Region in the South West Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative to build new fibre optic infrastructure throughout South Western Ontario ($500,000). This project is anticipated to occur over four years with the Region's portion of $2 million (of an estimated $15 million project), to be funded $500,000 per year from 2016-2019 from the levy.

The 2016 budget also includes an increase in cost of $100,000 to support opportunities for tourism across Niagara. These initiatives will support jobs, investment and economic growth in Niagara.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $706,687 $760,752 $777,860 $797,784
Administrative 1,293,494 1,109,429 1,218,491 1,277,680
Occupancy and Infrastructure 90,000      
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 180,000 750,000 752,250 754,520
Allocations Between Departments 4,375 3,964 3,964 3,964
Gross Expenditure $2,274,556 $2,624,145 $2,752,565 $2,833,948
Transfers from Funds     (500,000) (500,000)
Gross Revenue $ - $ - $(500,000) $(500,000)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 2,274,556 2,624,145 2,252,565 2,333,948
Indirect Allocation 426,688 592,266 596,481 607,915
Capital Financing Allocation 95,555 143,887 202,511 146,032
Indirect Allocation 522,243 736,153 798,992 753,947
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation 2,796,799 3,360,298 3,051,557 3,087,895

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $54,065 $17,108 $19,924
Administrative (184,065) 109,062 59,189
Occupancy and Infrastructure (90,000)    
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 570,000 2,250 2,270
Allocations Between Departments (411)    
Gross Expenditure $349,589 $128,420 $81,383
Other Revenue   (500,000)  
Gross Revenue $ - $(500,000) $ -
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $349,589 $(371,580) $81,383

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Planning and Development

Department Overview

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  • Community and Long Range Planning: $3,844,344
  • Development Planning: $1,066,456
  • Planning and Development Administration: $445,585
  • Infrastructure Planning and Engineering: $360,471

Operating Budget Summary

Planning and Development Services has a gross expenditure budget of $5,716,857 and a net budget of $3,378,613. This represents a $300,823 increase, or 9.8 per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $3,077,970.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the net budget increase include an increase of one full time equivalent ($120,501) at the manager level to maintain service levels and leadership of the Development Planning division, growth strategy projects ($100,000) to support Regional Council's direction for growth and prosperity and an investment in district plans ($80,000) that promote growth and development in Niagara.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $3,487,623 $3,659,563 $3,855,596 $3,952,433
Administrative 1,414,743 922,353 1,204,010 955,683
Operational and Supply 92,325 2,625 2,649 2,672
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 34,000 33,880 214,185 34,493
Allocations Between Departments 1,687,401 1,395,000 1,410,795 1,426,732
Allocation Within Departments (827,754) (296,564) (302,693) (308,943)
Gross Expenditure $5,888,338 $5,716,857 $6,384,542 $6,063,070
Federal and Provincial Grants     (50,000)  
By-law Charges and Sales (970,548) (1,078,244) (1,087,948) (1,097,740)
Other Revenue (340,000) (260,000) (262,340) (264,701)
Transfers from Funds (1,500,000) (1,000,000) (1,000,000) (1,000,000)
Gross Revenue $(2,810,548) $(2,338,244) $(2,400,288) $(2,362,441)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 3,077,790 3,378,613 3,984,254 3,700,629
Indirect Allocation 1,053,668 1,145,586 1,198,707 1,221,302
Capital Financing Allocation 426,979 330,418 282,648 231,640
Indirect Allocation 1,480,647 1,476,004 1,481,355 1,452,942
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $4,558,437 $4,854,617 $5,465,609 $5,153,571

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $171,940 $196,033 $96,837
Administrative (492,390) 281,657 (248,327)
Operational and Supply (89,700) 24 23
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (120) 180,305 (179,692)
Expense Allocations to Capital (292,401) 15,795 15,937
Allocations Between Departments 531,190 (6,129) (6,250)
Gross Expenditure $(171,481) $667,685 $(321,472)
Federal and Provincial Grants   (50,000) 50,000
By-law Charges and Sales (107,696) (9,704) (9,792)
Other Revenue 80,000 (2,340) (2,361)
Transfers from Funds 500,000    
Gross Revenue $472,304 $(62,044) $37,847
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $300,823 $605,641 $(283,625)

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Public Health

Department Overview

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  • Family Health: $10,841,268
  • Clinical Services: $7,894,934
  • Mental Health: $5,879,352
  • Environmental Health: $5,038,889
  • Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention: $3,828,412
  • Organizational and Foundational Standards: $2,645,678
  • Medical: $1,354,411

Operating Budget Summary

Public Health has a gross expenditure budget of $37,482,944 and a net budget of $4,661,020. This represents a $111,601 increase, or 2.5 per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $4,549,419.

The net budget increase of $111,601 is the result of the Council decision to extend the physician recruiter contract beyond 2015.

Additional service demands impacting the budget include reductions in revenues of $761,609 and an offsetting expenditure decrease of $960,767 in the Family Health division as a result of program service delivery changes. By-laws and Charges revenues have also decreased in Clinical Health division, $62,000.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $32,818,362 $33,207,878 $33,621,565 $34,303,748
Administrative 1,770,343 1,664,725 1,629,680 1,629,007
Operational and Supply 2,031,795 2,071,120 1,923,642 1,904,711
Occupancy and Infrastructure 281,759 342,814 338,753 336,511
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 318,917 163,620 176,161 177,340
Community Assistance 960,767      
Allocations Between Departments (60,354) 32,787 (37,213) (37,213)
Gross Expenditure $38,121,589 $37,482,944 $37,652,588 $38,314,104
Federal and Provincial Grants (33,117,398) (32,413,893) (32,311,964) (32,311,964)
By-law Charges and Sales (391,119) (329,531) (329,531) (329,531)
Other Revenue (63,653) (78,500) (54,500) (54,500)
Gross Revenue $(33,572,170) $(32,821,924) $(32,695,995) $(32,695,995)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 4,549,419 4,661,020 4,956,593 5,618,109
Indirect Allocation 4,789,631 4,804,351 5,079,343 5,167,607
Capital Financing Allocation 2,355,875 2,951,860 3,394,384 2,983,081
Indirect Allocation 7,145,506 7,756,211 8,473,727 8,150,688
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $11,694,925 $12,417,231 $13,430,320 $13,768,797

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

The 2016 capital program represents two distinct projects budgeted at $85,000. This accounts for less than one per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated below, 100 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources.

Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Project Lifesaver $50,000 $50,000            
Tobacco Control Vehicle 35,000 35,000            
  $85,000 $85,000 $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $ -

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $389,516 $413,687 $682,183
Administrative (105,618) (35,045) (673)
Operational and Supply 39,325 (147,478) (18,931)
Occupancy and Infrastructure 61,055 (4,061) (2,242)
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (155,297) 12,541 1,179
Community Assistance (960,767)    
Allocations Between Departments 93,141 (70,000)  
Gross Expenditure $(638,645) $169,644 $661,516
Federal and Provincial Grants 703,505 101,929  
By-law Charges and Sales 61,588    
Other Revenue (14,847) 24,000  
Gross Revenue $750,246 $125,929  
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $111,601 $295,573 $661,516

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Public Health - Emergency Medical Services

Department Overview

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  • Emergency Medical Service: $42,453,614
  • 911 Emergency Telephone Service: $1,350,653
  • Emergency Preparedness: $321,509

Operating Budget Summary

Emergency Medical Services has a gross expenditure budget of $44,125,776 and a net budget of $17,509,688. This represents a $683,845 increase, or a four per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $16,825,843.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the net budget increase are driven significantly by increased personnel costs. Council approved 12 full time equivalents in an Ambulance Resource program change ($884,029). These new full time equivalents and other inflationary personnel costs pressures have increased the personnel expenditures budget by $1,851,381, or five per cent. Revenues from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care have increased $1,682,979 or seven per cent.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $36,064,360 $37,915,741 $39,241,598 $39,995,549
Administrative 714,319 753,157 749,977 755,849
Operational and Supply 2,060,460 2,116,510 2,137,320 2,191,982
Occupancy and Infrastructure 378,009 376,625 378,133 379,546
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 1,547,251 1,591,054 1,517,822 1,646,832
Allocations Between Departments 1,306,287 1,372,689 1,399,502 1,426,851
Gross Expenditure $42,070,686 $44,125,776 $45,424,352 $46,396,609
Federal and Provincial Grants (23,619,288) (25,302,267) (26,562,634) (27,440,918)
By-law Charges and Sales (2,504) (3,500) (3,531) (3,563)
Other Revenue (174,738) (177,825) (178,864) (180,079)
Transfers from Funds (1,448,313) (1,132,496) (431,189)  
Gross Revenue $(25,244,843) $(26,616,088) $(27,176,218) $(27,624,560)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 16,825,843 17,509,688 18,248,134 18,772,049
Indirect Allocation 2,914,212 3,119,243 3,271,042 3,347,020
Capital Financing Allocation 3,134,954 3,726,489 3,212,859 3,776,245
Indirect Allocation 6,049,166 6,845,732 6,483,901 7,123,265
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $22,875,009 $24,355,420 $24,732,035 $25,895,314

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

The 2016 capital program represents two distinct projects budgeted at $3,529,808. This accounts for approximately two per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 100 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources.

One significant highlight for Emergency Services' 2016 capital program is the replacement of the defibrillator units equipped in all ambulances and supervisor vehicles. The defibrillator units have reached the end of their optimal life cycle.

Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
EMS Ambulance and Equipment Replacement $1,766,008     $1,766,008        
EMS Defibrillator Replacement 1,763,800     1,763,800        
  $3,529,808 $ - $ - $3,529,808 $ - $ - $ - $ -

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $1,851,381 $1,325,857 $753,951
Administrative 38,838 (3,180) 5,872
Operational and Supply 56,050 20,810 54,662
Occupancy and Infrastructure (1,384) 1,508 1,413
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 43,803 (73,232) 129,010
Allocations Between Departments 66,402 26,813 27,349
Gross Expenditure $2,055,090 $1,298,576 $972,257
Federal and Provincial Grants (1,682,979) (1,260,367) (878,284)
By-law Charges and Sales (996) (31) (32)
Other Revenue (3,087) (1,039) (1,215)
Transfers from Funds 315,817 701,307 431,189
Gross Revenue $(1,371,245) $(560,130) $(448,342)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $683,845 $738,446 $523,915

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This pie chart provides an overview of how the Public Health budget is allocated:
  • Family Health: $10,841,268
  • Clinical Services: $7,894,934
  • Mental Health: $5,879,352
  • Environmental Health: $5,038,889
  • Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention: $3,828,412
  • Organizational and Foundational Standards: $2,645,678
  • Medical: $1,354,411

Public Works - Levy Program

Department Overview

Pie chart of the Public Works - Levy budget

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This pie chart provides an overview of how the Public Works budget is allocated:
  • Transportation Operations: $22,931,931
  • Intermunicipal Transit: $3,384,181
  • Transportation Planning: $2,730,566
  • Fleet: $2,096,959
  • Niagara Specialized Transit: $1,210,545
  • Transportation Administration: $839,017
  • Transportation Engineering: $831,130

Operating Budget Summary

Public Works Levy has a gross expenditure budget of $29,830,411 and a net budget of $24,463,542. This represents a $261,145 increase, or a one per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $24,202,397.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the net budget include several approved program changes. The budget includes $210,000 in funding for the street lighting program for hydro and maintenance costs, and $66,500 in grant costs for the Port Robinson Ferry Service.

Other program changes include the Niagara Airports Review, consulting costs of $150,000 to be funded from the Taxpayer Relief Reserve, Niagara to Greater Toronto Area Corridor Phase 2 Study, with study costs of $350,000 to be funded through the Province, and Intermunicipal Transit of $190,000 to be funded from Provincial Gas Tax revenue.

Fare revenue increase of $162,000, fuel savings of $281,532, and vehicle and equipment parts and supplies savings of $116,957 offset the increased expenditures.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $14,457,890 $14,972,369 $15,203,676 $15,338,401
Administrative 1,405,518 1,948,549 1,493,558 1,319,741
Operational and Supply 11,449,563 12,172,196 13,189,513 13,477,237
Occupancy and Infrastructure 586,750 617,115 818,280 1,042,136
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 2,428,244 2,028,259 2,172,163 2,234,406
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 500,000 366,500 300,000 300,000
Transfers to Funds 57,669     293,482
Expense Allocations to Capital (150,000) (200,000) (201,800) (203,616)
Allocations Between Departments (1,854,944) (1,848,499) (1,875,999) (1,875,999)
Allocations Within Departments (242,245) (226,078)    
Gross Expenditure $28,638,445 $29,830,411 $31,099,391 $31,925,788
Federal and Provincial Grants   (350,000) (150,000)  
By-law Charges and Sales (3,087,862) (3,136,390) (3,251,539) (3,283,698)
Other Revenue (798,186) (1,430,479) (1,209,872) (907,427)
Transfers from Funds (550,000) (450,000) (300,000) (300,000)
Gross Revenue $(4,436,048) $(5,366,869) $(4,911,411) $(4,491,125)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 24,202,397 24,463,542 26,187,980 27,434,663
Indirect Allocation 3,862,312 4,203,100 4,508,973 4,560,238
Capital Financing Allocation 29,260,255 26,828,573 25,017,588 26,107,097
Indirect Allocation 33,122,567 31,031,673 29,526,561 30,667,335
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $57,324,964 $55,495,215 $55,714,541 $58,101,998

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

The 2016 capital program represents 33 distinct projects budgeted at $64,288,000. This accounts for approximately 39 per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 71 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources, with the remaining 29 per cent from external sources.

Major highlights for the 2016 transportation and fleet capital program include:

  • $10.0M - Funding to start preparing for GO-Transit
  • $ 9.2M - Dominion Rd. rehabilitation from Burleigh Rd. to Buffalo Rd.
  • $ 9.0M - Road resurfacing throughout the Region to help extend the useful life of the roads
  • $ 6.2M - Lakeshore Rd. rehabilitation from Lake St. to Geneva St. and Bradmon Dr. to O'Mara
  • $ 5.4M - Reece Bridge replacement
  • $ 3.5M - Replace fleet vehicles and equipment
  • $ 3.0M - Replacement of the Beaverdams and Power Canal bridges over Gibson Lake
Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Roads Rehabilitation $29,400,000 $117,327 $12,140,000 $482,673 $2,060,000 $1,500,000 $13,100,000  
GO Transit 10,000,000   10,000,000          
Structural Rehabilitation 8,600,000 200,000 5,400,000         3,000,000
Capacity Improvements 5,920,000 135,000 1,420,000 315,000 3,930,000 120,000    
Operations 5,000,000 1,200,000 2,000,000 800,000       1,000,000
Inter-municipal Transit 3,543,000 3,543,000            
Intersection Improvements 1,375,000 37,500 500,000 225,000 612,500      
Fleet Vehicle Replacements 450,000     450,000        
  $64,288,000 $5,232,827 $31,460,000 $2,272,673 $6,602,500 $1,620,000 $13,100,000 $4,000,000

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $514,479 $231,307 $134,725
Administrative 543,031 (454,991) (173,817)
Operational and Supply 722,633 1,017,317 287,724
Occupancy and Infrastructure 30,365 201,165 223,856
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (399,985) 143,904 62,243
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption (133,500) (66,500)  
Transfers to Funds (57,669)   293,482
Expense Allocations to Capital (50,000) (1,800) (1,816)
Allocations Between Departments 6,445 (27,500)  
Allocations Within Departments 16,167 226,078  
Gross Expenditure $1,191,966 $1,268,980 $826,397
Federal and Provincial Grants (350,000) 200,000 150,000
By-law Charges and Sales (48,528) (115,149) (32,159)
Other Revenue (632,293) 220,607 302,445
Transfers from Funds 100,000 150,000  
Gross Revenue $(930,821) $455,458 $420,286
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $261,145 $1,724,438 $1,246,683

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Public Works - Waste Management

Department Overview

Operating Budget Summary

Waste Management division's 2016 budget is $ 35,301,296. This represents a $277,506 decrease, or 0.8 per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $35,578,802.

Approximately 42 per cent of the net budget is related to the waste collection and disposal program areas, followed by 26 per cent for organics collection and processing, 10 per cent for recycling collection and processing and the remaining budget is for a range of other diversion programs, planning, and administration.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the net budget decrease is the transfer to reserves of $2.4 million. Debt cost reductions of $2.4 million are being transferred to the reserve to fund future capital costs.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $3,755,030 $3,517,720 $3,624,163 $3,743,088
Administrative 1,232,560 1,613,050 1,222,142 1,028,920
Operational and Supply 38,045,303 37,880,262 36,946,058 36,513,945
Occupancy and Infrastructure 1,179,540 1,242,700 1,283,386 1,317,582
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 1,307,317 1,235,531 1,256,716 1,275,265
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 147,431 151,196 152,557 153,930
Transfers to Funds 784,034 3,197,975 3,957,000 3,958,000
Allocations Between Departments 90,594 57,029 95,664 95,664
Allocations Within Departments 56,057 53,689    
Gross Expenditure $46,597,866 $48,949,152 $48,537,686 $48,086,394
Taxation (35,578,802) (35,301,296) (35,561,347) (35,605,614)
By-law Charges and Sales (12,235,262) (12,606,354) (11,272,349) (10,855,659)
Other Revenue (4,144,843) (4,169,553) (4,120,235) (4,082,147)
Gross Revenue (51,958,907) (52,077,203) (50,953,931) (50,543,420)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation (5,361,041) (3,128,051) (2,416,245) (2,457,026)
Indirect Allocation 1,277,856 1,359,824 1,479,071 1,489,048
Capital Financing Allocation 4,083,185 1,768,227 937,174 967,978
Indirect Allocation 5,361,041 3,128,051 2,416,245 2,457,026
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $ - $ - $ - $ -

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

The 2016 capital program represents twenty six distinct projects budgeted at $6,375,150. This accounts for approximately four per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 100 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources.

Major highlights for the 2016 waste management capital program include:

  • $2.1M - Humberstone landfill gas collection system upgrades
  • $0.7M - Recycling Centre facility improvements
Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Recycling Centre $1,245,150     $1,245,150        
Bridge St. 500,000     500,000        
Glenridge 625,000     625,000        
Humberstone 2,900,000     2,900,000        
Mountain Rd. 110,000     110,000        
Niagara Road 12 260,000     260,000        
Quarry Rd. 375,000     375,000        
Other Sites 110,000     110,000        
Annual Programs 250,000     250,000        
  $6,375,150 $ - $ - $6,375,150 $ - $ - $ - $ -

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $(237,310) $106,443 $118,925
Administrative 380,490 (390,908) (193,222)
Operational and Supply (165,041) (934,204) (432,113)
Occupancy and Infrastructure 63,160 40,686 34,196
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (71,786) 21,185 18,549
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 3,765 1,361 1,373
Transfers to Funds 2,413,941 759,025 1,000
Allocations Between Departments (33,565) 38,635  
Allocations Within Departments (2,368) (53,689)  
Gross Expenditure $2,351,286 $(411,466) $(451,292)
Taxation 277,506 (260,051) (44,267)
By-law Charges and Sales (371,092) 1,334,005 416,690
Other Revenue (24,710) 49,318 38,088
Gross Revenue $(118,296) $1,123,272 $410,511
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $2,232,990 $711,806 $(40,781)

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Public Works - Water and Wastewater

Department Overview

Operating Budget Summary

Pie chart of the Public Works Water and Wastewater budget

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This pie chart provides an overview of how the Public Works Water and Wastewater budget is allocated:
  • Wastewater Operations: $65,993,756
  • Water Operations: $42,095,472

Water and Wastewater divisions' 2016 net requisition rate budget is $108,089,228. This represents a $29,466 decrease, or 0.03 per cent, over the prior years' approved budget of $108,118,694.

The total program cost includes both operating related expenditures (representing 53 per cent of total), as well as transfers to reserve and debt charges in support of the capital program (representing 47 per cent of the total).

Service demands in 2016 impacting the net budget includes cost pressures for capital financing requirements of $1,142,470 as part of the long term capital financing strategy for the water and wastewater program, utilities cost of $1,021,465, and indirect allocation of $586,728. These charges are offset through decreased costs in consulting, chemicals, Watersmart, and combined sewer overflows (net).

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $21,370,301 $21,440,191 $21,969,180 $22,479,356
Administrative 3,596,527 3,265,619 3,292,554 3,322,187
Operational and Supply 10,734,744 10,351,310 10,444,472 10,538,472
Occupancy and Infrastructure 14,541,794 15,798,841 16,650,554 17,194,464
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 5,153,898 5,015,977 5,061,121 5,106,657
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 6,600,000 4,000,000 4,000,000 4,000,000
Transfers to Funds 41,058,601 40,251,071 41,184,512 42,124,512
Allocations Between Departments 2,216,846 1,717,318 1,713,562 1,719,812
Allocations Within Departments 186,188 172,389    
Gross Expenditure 105,458,899 102,012,716 104,315,955 106,485,460
Taxation (108,118,694) (108,089,228) (110,495,283) (112,718,031)
By-law Charges and Sales (1,237,950) (1,066,200) (1,075,795) (1,085,478)
Other Revenue (2,058,739) (1,350,500) (1,353,655) (1,356,837)
Transfers from Funds (4,950,000) (3,000,000) (3,000,000) (3,000,000)
Gross Revenue (116,365,383) (113,505,928) (115,924,733) (118,160,346)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation (10,906,484) (11,493,212) (11,608,778) (11,674,886)
Indirect Allocation 3,696,416 3,876,249 4,132,128 4,162,094
Capital Financing Allocation 7,210,068 7,616,963 7,476,650 7,512,792
Indirect Allocation 10,906,484 11,493,212 11,608,778 11,674,886
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $ - $ - $ - $ -

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

Water

The 2016 capital program for the water program represents seventeen distinct projects budgeted at $24,380,000. This accounts for approximately 15 per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 100 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources.

Major highlights for the 2016 water capital program include:

  • $11M - Rosehill treatment plant upgrade
  • $4.3M - Dominion Road transmission watermain replacement

Wastewater

The 2016 capital program for the wastewater program represents twenty eight distinct projects budgeted at $28,610,000. This accounts for approximately 17 per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 100 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources.

Major highlights for the 2016 wastewater capital program include:

  • $8.7M - Port Weller fine bubble aeration and switchgear upgrades
  • $4.4M - Victoria Ave. forcemain replacement
Water Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Treatment Plant Upgrades $17,930,000     $17,930,000        
Watermain Program 4,350,000     4,275,000 75,000      
Storage Systems 1,500,000     1,500,000        
Miscellaneous Projects 600,000     600,000        
  $24,380,000 $ - $ - $24,305,000 75,000 $ - $ - $ -

 

Wastewater Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Treatment Plant Upgrades $16,030,000     $16,030,000        
Sewer and Forcemain Program 6,730,000     4,120,000 2,610,000      
Pump Station Improvements 5,200,000     5,200,000        
Miscellaneous Projects 650,000     650,000        
  $28,610,000 $ - $ - $26,000,000 2,610,000 $ - $ - $ -

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $69,890 $528,989 $510,176
Administrative (330,908) 26,935 29,633
Operational and Supply (383,434) 93,162 94,000
Occupancy and Infrastructure 1,257,047 851,713 543,910
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (137,921) 45,144 45,536
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption (2,600,000)    
Transfers to Funds (807,530) 933,441 940,000
Allocations Between Departments (499,528) (3,756) 6,250
Allocations Within Departments (13,799) (172,389)  
Gross Expenditure (3,446,183) 2,303,239 2,169,505
Taxation 29,466 (2,406,055) (2,222,748)
By-law Charges and Sales 171,750 (9,595) (9,683)
Other Revenue 708,239 (3,155) (3,182)
Transfers to Funds 1,950,000    
Gross Revenue 2,859,455 (2,418,805) (2,235,613)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $(586,728) $(115,566) $(66,108)

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Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Department Overview

Operating Budget Summary

This summary is representative of the Regional portion of the NPCA 2016 budget. In 2016, NPCA has planned for a gross budget request from the Region of $7,370,183 (with $300,000 funding from the water reserve and the remainder from the tax levy). This represents a zero per cent increase from 2015.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget 2016 Budget
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption $7,371,377 $7,370,183
Gross Expenditure $7,371,377 $7,370,183
Other Revenue    
Transfers from Funds (300,000) (300,000)
Gross Revenue (300,000) (300,000)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 7,071,377 7,070,183
Indirect Allocation    
Capital Financing Allocation    
Indirect Allocation - -
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $7,071,377 7,070,183

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption $(1,194)
Gross Expenditure (1,194)
Other Revenue  
Transfers from Funds  
Gross Revenue -
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $(1,194)

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Niagara Regional Housing

Department Overview

Operating Budget Summary

Niagara Regional Housing has a gross expenditure budget of $54,385,713 and a net budget of $26,697,377. This represents a zero per cent increase over the prior year's approved budget.

The Niagara Regional Housing Board of Directors approved the 2016 operating and capital budgets within the context of balancing fiscal restraint with legislative requirements and the mandate to sustain the properties transferred from the Province in 2001.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the gross expenditures budget are due to increased costs in Community Housing Programs of $756,723 that include operational costs in the Investment in Affordable Housing Extension program (100% funded by Federal / Provincial government), rent supplements, cost increases imposed by the Ministry for Non-Profit and Co-op Subsidies and increases in taxes charged to providers.

Offsetting these cost increases are decreased financial expenditures arising from debt reductions of $230,209 and revenue increases for the Investment in Affordable Housing Extension program for administration and delivery of the 2016 Investment in Affordable Housing Extension program of $150,042, and Federal revenue for the rent supplement program of $58,011.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $4,378,049 $4,401,854 $4,479,577 $4,614,565
Administrative 466,463 466,462 456,636 456,636
Operational and Supply 58,300 79,050 69,165 68,762
Occupancy and Infrastructure 14,357,094 14,281,818 14,967,411 15,304,788
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 167,700 198,350 183,615 192,187
Community Assistances 30,675,735 31,432,458 29,804,389 31,891,715
Financial Expenditures 2,885,230 2,655,021 2,523,329 2,359,500
Transfers to Funds 742,901 808,595 854,910 826,303
Allocations Between Departments 57,445 62,105 62,845 63,912
Allocations Within Departments 10,226 - - -
Gross Expenditure 53,799,143 54,385,713 53,401,877 55,778,368
Federal and Provincial Grants (13,639,078) (13,847,131) (11,609,011) (12,636,289)
Other Revenue (13,438,688) (13,423,903) (13,423,903) (13,423,903)
Transfers from Funds (24,000) (417,302) (24,000) (24,000)
Gross Revenue (27,101,766) (27,688,336) (25,056,914) (26,084,192)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 26,697,377 26,697,377 28,344,963 29,694,176
Indirect Allocation 1,498,298 1,592,695 1,718,986 1,726,358
Capital Financing Allocation 3,221,048 3,460,096 4,012,165 4,096,293
Indirect Allocation 4,719,346 5,052,791 5,731,151 5,822,651
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $31,416,723 $31,750,168 $34,076,114 $35,516,827

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

The 2016 capital program represents five distinct projects budgeted at $17,411,511. This accounts for approximately 11 per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 45 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 housing capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources, with the remaining 55 per cent from external sources.

One significant highlight for Niagara Regional Housing's 2016 capital program is the expected development of new affordable housing units through funding received from Investment in Affordable Housing Extension. This funding is budgeted to cover 75 per cent of the cost to develop new affordable housing units in the Region.

Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Investment in Affordable Housing Extension New Development Capital $11,592,000     $2,898,000       8,694,000
Building Capital 2,442,568   1,761,408 250,054       431,106
Units Capital 2,389,750   1,708,591 250,054       431,105
Grounds Capital 787,193   743,706 43,487        
Emergency Capital 200,000     200,000        
  $17,411,511 $ - $4,213,705 $3,641,595 $ - $ - $ - $9,556,211

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $23,805 $77,723 $134,988
Administrative (1) (9,826)  
Operational and Supply 20,750 (9,885) (403)
Occupancy and Infrastructure (75,276) 685,593 337,377
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 30,650 (14,735) 8,572
Community Assistances 756,723 (1,628,069) 2,087,326
Financial Expenditures (230,209) (131,692) (163,829)
Transfers to Funds 65,694 46,315 (28,607)
Allocations Between Departments 4,660 740 1,067
Allocations Within Departments (10,226)    
Gross Expenditure 586,570 (983,836) 2,376,491
Federal and Provincial Grants (208,053) 2,238,120 (1,027,278)
Other Revenue 14,785    
Transfers from Funds (393,302) 393,302  
Gross Revenue (586,570) 2,631,422 (1,027,278)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $ - $1,647,586 $1,349,213

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Niagara Regional Police Service

Department Overview

Operating Budget Summary

Police Services has a gross expenditure budget of $151,013,205 and a net budget of $134,369,669. This represents a $6,236 increase, or zero per cent, over the prior year's approved budget.

The Service was able to achieve a zero per cent budget increase by implementing a number of deployment strategies and by introducing operational efficiencies from the anticipated move to the new headquarter facilities in 2016. Additionally, there is a decrease in gross expenditures of $0.5 million primarily the result of fuel pricing savings and rationalized discretionary spending.

The annual increase of $1.0 million in the Court Security and Prisoner Transportation funding has been offset by reductions in other grant funding and seconded revenues mainly resulting from the completion of external assignments or projects.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $133,832,647 $133,112,126 $135,774,368 $138,489,855
Administrative 3,605,249 3,766,452 3,841,781 3,918,617
Operational and Supply 2,128,060 2,142,943 2,185,802 2,229,518
Occupancy and Infrastructure 693,058 533,066 543,727 554,602
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 6,069,533 5,452,171 5,565,067 5,679,710
Financial Expenditures 4,000 4,000 4,080 4,162
Transfers to Funds 5,925,550 7,175,508 8,087,840 9,000,172
Allocations Between Departments (1,093,681) (1,173,061) (1,200,374) (1,227,723)
Gross Expenditure 151,164,416 151,013,205 154,802,291 158,648,913
Federal and Provincial Grants (7,504,609) (8,024,366) (8,936,698) (9,849,030)
By-law Charges and Sales (7,158,390) (6,775,480) (6,775,480) (6,775,480)
Other Revenue (1,737,984) (1,443,690) (1,443,690) (1,443,690)
Transfers from Funds (400,000) (400,000) (400,000) (400,000)
Gross Revenue (16,800,983) (16,643,536) (17,555,868) (18,468,200)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 134,363,433 134,369,669 137,246,423 140,180,713
Indirect Allocation 5,246,738 5,374,393 5,613,300 5,517,146
Capital Financing Allocation 5,385,391 4,269,757 4,920,519 4,397,152
Indirect Allocation 10,632,129 9,644,150 10,533,819 9,914,298
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $144,995,562 $144,013,819 $147,780,242 $150,095,011

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Capital Budget Summary

The 2016 capital program represents seven distinct projects budgeted at $2,767,500. This accounts for approximately two per cent of the Region's capital budget for 2016. As illustrated in the chart below, 100 per cent of the revenues required to fund the 2016 capital program are derived from the Regions' internal sources.

Classification Gross Capital Request Capital Levy Debt Reserves Development Charges Area Municipality Federal Gas Tax Other External
Vehicles $1,400,000     $1,400,000        
IT Equipment Replacement 800,000     800,000        
Communications Unit Structure Call Taking and Quality Assurance System 205,000     205,000        
Capital Asset Acquisitions 150,500     150,500        
Network Infrastructure 100,000     100,000        
Marine Scanning Sonar 58,000     58,000        
Evidence Management Storage Equipment 54,000     54,000        
  $2,767,500 $ - $ - $2,767,500 $ - $ - $ - $ -

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $(720,521) $2,662,242 $2,715,487
Administrative 161,203 75,329 76,836
Operational and Supply 14,883 42,859 43,716
Occupancy and Infrastructure (159,992) 10,661 10,875
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (617,362) 112,896 114,643
Financial Expenditures   80 82
Transfers to Funds 1,249,958 912,332 912,332
Allocations Between Departments (79,380) (27,313) (27,349)
Gross Expenditure (151,211) 3,789,086 3,846,622
Federal and Provincial Grants (519,757) (912,332) (912,332)
By-law Charges and Sales 382,910    
Other Revenue 294,294    
Transfers to Funds      
Gross Revenue 157,447 157,447 (912,332)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $6,236 $2,876,754 $2,934,290

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Court Services

Department Overview

Operating Budget Summary

The 2016 Court Services net revenue budget is $2,428,502. This represents a $510,500 decrease, or 17.3 per cent, over the prior year's approved net revenue budget of $2,939,002 before indirect cost allocations.

Service demands in 2016 impacting the budget include a projected decrease in infraction revenues of $412,000 and an increase in Justice of the Peace costs of $213,000. Infraction revenue is projected to decrease due to a decrease in charges filed and an increase in application for extension to pay fines. Justice of the Peace costs of $213,000 have increased as a result of the Ministry of the Attorney General increasing the hourly rate charged for Justices of the Peace and ministry oversight.

Savings of $102,000 were acheived through a decrease in personnel costs and other various expense reductions.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $2,200,268 $2,123,515 $2,166,572 $2,221,438
Administrative 2,129,443 2,334,383 2,314,483 2,314,483
Operational and Supply 1,352,480 1,340,038 1,002,166 1,051,426
Occupancy and Infrastructure 12,500 12,500 8,333  
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology 3,500 1,800 1,800 1,800
Financial Expenditures 100,250 85,250 85,250 85,250
Allocations Between Departments (2,448) (2,793) (2,793) (2,793)
Gross Expenditure 5,795,993 5,894,693 5,575,811 5,671,604
Other Revenue (8,734,995) (8,323,195) (8,324,996) (8,324,995)
Gross Revenue (8,734,995) (8,323,195) (8,324,996) (8,324,995)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation (2,939,002) (2,428,502) (2,749,185) (2,653,391)
Indirect Allocation 924,337 816,224 891,003 781,746
Capital Financing Allocation 1,180,827 778,440 1,362,216 1,318,920
Indirect Allocation 2,105,164 1,594,664 2,253,219 2,100,666
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $(833,838) $(833,838) $(495,966) $(552,725)

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Compensation $(76,753) $43,057 $54,866
Administrative 204,940 (19,900)  
Operational and Supply (12,442) (337,872) 49,260
Occupancy and Infrastructure   (4,167) (8,333)
Equipment, Vehicles, Technology (1,700)    
Financial Expenditures (15,000)    
Allocations Between Departments (345)    
Gross Expenditure 98,700 (318,882) 95,793
Other Revenue 411,800 (1,801) 1
Gross Revenue 411,800 (1,801) 1
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $510,500 $(320,683) $95,794

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General Government

Operating Budget Summary

General Government has a gross expenditure budget of $67,099,108 and a net budget of $62,977,109. This represents a $3,043,028 decrease, or 4.6 per cent, over the prior year's approved budget of $66,020,137. The 2016 budget impacts include revenue increases of $2,190,858 and expenditure decreases of $852,170.

The increase in revenues is due to an increase in reserve transfers of $1,940,858 to fund debt charges for the Police Long Term Accommodations project from the Police Long Term Accomodation Reserve, and an increase in the capital levy reserve of $250,000 to fund Public Realms improvement projects aimed at supporting growth and development.

On the expenditure side, transfers to funds are decreasing due to a reduction in budgeted debt charges primarily from the Provincial Offences Act Court Facility Renewal project. Financial expenditures have experienced an increase due largely to debt issue expenses. Additionally, partnership, rebate and redemption costs have increased due to the investment in Public Realms mentioned above along with a reduction in funding no longer required as a result of the finalization of the Pan Am games.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Occupancy and Infrastructure $40,100 $40,100    
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 2,548,000 2,715,228 3,325,770 3,800,504
Financial Expenditures 38,641,225 38,756,104 34,088,474 32,929,471
Transfers to Funds 26,721,953 25,587,676 32,376,107 34,354,360
Gross Expenditure $67,951,278 $67,099,108 $69,790,351 $71,084,335
Transfers from Funds (1,931,141) (4,121,999) (3,871,765) (3,871,526)
Gross Revenue (1,931,141) (4,121,999) (3,871,765) (3,871,526)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation 66,020,137 62,977,109 65,918,586 67,212,809
Capital Financing Allocation (62,635,287) (59,675,034) (61,536,067) (62,615,555)
Indirect Allocation (62,635,287) (59,675,034) (61,536,067) (62,615,555)
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $3,384,850 $3,302,075 $4,382,519 $4,597,254

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Occupancy and Infrastructure   $(40,100)  
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 167,228 610,542 474,734
Financial Expenditures 114,879 (4,667,630) (1,159,003)
Transfers to Funds (1,134,277) 6,788,431 1,978,253
Gross Expenditure (852,170) 2,691,243 1,293,984
Transfers from Funds (2,190,858) 250,234 239
Gross Revenue (2,190,858) 250,234 239
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $(3,043,028) $2,941,477 $1,294,223

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General Government (Net Revenue)

Operating Budget Summary

The General Government Net Revenue budget is $12,775,269. This represents a $2,839,907 decrease, or 18.2 per cent, over the prior years' approved budget of $15,615,176. The 2016 budget impacts include expenditure increases of $2,164,452 and revenue decreases of $675,455.

The increase in expenses is due primarily to funding of $2,543,957 for risk mitigation in the 2016 levy operating budget. Funding is budgeted to mitigate the potential risks associated with the:

  • Repayment of historical overpayment of power dams payment-in-lieu
  • Niagara Regional Police Service unresolved factors
  • Niagara Regional Housing approval of zero per cent guidance
  • Fluctuating utility and fuel costs
  • Social assistance caseloads and legislated changes
  • Provincial / Federal funding announcements that may impact actual revenues and expenses

If the identified risks are not realized, funds will be transferred to the Taxpayer Relief Reserve in keeping with the surplus deficit policy. Additionally, taxes written off have decreased by $259,214. The decrease in revenues is due to a draw of $300,000 from the Taxpayer Relief Reserve aims to support sustainable operations, decreases in supplemental taxes of $119,929, decreases in payment-in-lieu taxes of $260,911 and an increase in Visa rebates of $5,385.

Object of Expenditure 2015 Budget* 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Administrative $6,003,638 $5,938,445 $5,967,760 $5,997,221
Occupancy and Infrastructure 14,500 14,500 14,500 14,500
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 630,422 658,400 659,010 659,623
Financial Expenditures 5,187,860 4,918,648 4,918,648 4,918,648
Transfers to Funds 1,135,000 3,673,847 1,135,000 1,135,000
Allocations Between Departments 0 (67,968) (67,628) (67,290)
Gross Expenditure 12,971,420 15,135,872 12,627,290 12,657,702
Taxation (14,672,476) (14,291,636) (14,310,498) (14,329,612)
By-law Charges and Sales (80,000) (80,000) (80,000) (80,000)
Other Revenue (11,758,701) (11,889,805) (12,185,250) (12,463,454)
Transfers from Funds (2,075,419) (1,649,700) (1,297,757) (877,924)
Gross Revenue (28,586,596) (27,911,141) (27,873,505) (27,750,990)
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation (15,615,176) (12,775,269) (15,246,215) (15,093,288)
Capital Financing Allocation        
Indirect Allocation - - - -
Net Expenditure / (Revenue) After Indirect Allocation $(15,615,176) $(12,775,269) $(15,246,215) $(15,093,288)

*Includes in year budget adjustments

 

Summary of Budget Drivers

Object of Expenditure 2016 Budget 2017 Budget 2018 Budget
Administrative $(65,193) $29,315 $29,461
Occupancy and Infrastructure      
Partnership, Rebate, Exemption 27,978 610 613
Financial Expenditures (269,212)    
Transfers to Funds 2,538,847 (2,538,847)  
Allocations Between Departments (67,968) 340 338
Gross Expenditure 2,164,452 (2,508,582) 30,412
Taxation 380,840 (18,862) (19,114)
By-law Charges and Sales      
Other Revenue (131,104) (295,445) (278,204)
Transfers from Funds 425,719 351,943 419,833
Gross Revenue 675,455 37,636 122,515
Net Direct Expenditure before Indirect Allocation $2,839,907 $(2,470,946) $152,927

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