2014 Regional Budget Overview

Regional Council passed the 2014 net operating budget of $312 million and capital budget of $220 million on Dec. 12, 2013. The gross operating budget for Niagara Region is $830 million.

This will represent a 1.89 per cent increase to the Regional portion of your property tax bill.

Average Increase of $35 in Regional Taxes

An average homeowner with a property assessed at $231,756 would see an increase of $35 in Regional taxes.

Review a summary of the 2014 budget

Water, Wastewater and Waste Management

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

Water0.08 per cent increase
Wastewater0.73 per cent decrease
Waste Management*1.13 per cent increase

* The increase to waste management is largely due to a decrease in recycling revenues. These impacts vary based on the municipality in which you reside.

2014 Budget Highlights

  • Investing $220 million to support significant infrastructure projects, including:
    • $103.0 million to fund water and wastewater treatment, transmission and collection infrastructure, including the construction of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant and upgrades to the Welland Water Treatment Plant
    • $72.9 million for the transportation capital program, including funding for the Burgoyne Bridge and road resurfacing throughout the region and Regional vehicles
    • $5.2 million for waste management and diversion investments including Public Drop-off Depot and Recycling Centre facility improvements
    • Proceeding with the court facilities renewal project, to establish new accommodations for Provincial Offences courthouses in Niagara
  • Over $2 million in funding to support economic development initiatives that will support business growth and job creation
  • Investing $100,000 to support Agricultural Action Plan initiatives, including a Food and Farming strategy, Local Food and Raw Water action plan
  • Maintaining Niagara Emergency Medical Services response time in the 90th percentile
  • On-going funding for public health initiatives ,including cavity prevention through dental sealant program for children
  • Continue to implement a new 20-bed Convalescent Care program that provides recuperative care to individuals prior to returning home after a hospital stay
  • Implementing a new physical health development and nutrition program for all child care operators that service pre-school aged children
  • $1.5 million of continued funding to reduce and prevent poverty through the Niagara Prosperity Initiative
  • Implementing a ten-year housing and homelessness plan, to address homelessness, sustain existing affordable housing and increase the supply of suitable, affordable housing in Niagara

Understanding the Budget

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

The operating budget ($312 million) pays for the daily business of the Niagara Region and its boards and agencies.

The capital budget ($220 million) pays for things like roads, water treatment plants, sewers, buildings, machinery and equipment.

How our budget works

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