2011 Regional Budget Overview

Regional Council passed the 2011 operating budget of $282.8 million and capital budget of $135.2 million on March, 3, 2011.

An average homeowner with a property assessed at $210,000 would see a decrease of $18.35 in Regional taxes.

The budget actually represents a total tax levy increase of .10 per cent over 2010, but after assessment growth of 1.47 per cent, residents will see a decrease in property taxes of almost 1.37 per cent.

2011 Budget Documents

Water, Wastewater and Waste Management

Water, wastewater and waste management rates were also approved as part of the budget:

Service Change
Water No change (0 per cent increase)
Wastewater 1.7 per cent increase
Waste Management 2.4 per cent increase

Investments Highlights in the 2011 Budget

The 2011 budget includes funding for number of key projects, including:

  • Investing in the inter-municipal transit pilot project
  • Providing a Community Services budget that allows the Region to support an increased volume of residents through the economic downturn
  • Contributions to:
    • Niagara Health System's new cancer treatment centre
    • Brock University's Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex
    • Niagara College's Building Futures capital campaign for the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses
  • Supporting Niagara's bid to become a Cultural Capital of Canada that would ultimately secure federal funding if successful
  • Implementing changes to the waste management level of service in order to meet greater diversion rates
  • Investing in a combined Police/Emergency Medical Services facility in Fort Erie
  • Investing in wastewater infrastructure upgrades
  • Investing almost $25 million in Regional roads rehabilitation.

Understanding the Budget

Niagara Region's budget has two components: the operating budget and the capital budget.

The operating budget pays for the daily business of the Niagara Region and its boards and agencies. The capital budget pays for things like roads, water treatment plants, sewers, buildings, machinery and equipment.

Learn more about how the budget works.

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