Where does the money go?

Niagara Region's $1 billion budget includes the:

  • Operating levy budget - $714.4 million
  • Operating rate budget - $165.6 million
  • Capital budget - $164.6 million

 

Operating Levy Budget

The operating levy budget pays for the daily business of the Niagara Region and its boards and agencies. This budget pays for programs and services, including the staff to deliver those services, supplies and repayment of debt for major projects. The operating levy budget is paid for by Regional property taxes.

$714.4
Million

Operating Rate Budget

The operating rate budget pays for rate based services such as waste management, curbside collection, recycling and landfill sites, water and waste water treatment, biosolids management and lab services. Costs for these services are charged to municipalities based on usage (water and wastewater) and number of households (waste management).

Waste Management

$52.1
Million

* This represents only the direct Regional cost of capital works funded from the operating budget through transfers to capital reserves.

Water and Wastewater

$113.5
Million

* This represents only the direct Regional cost of capital works funded from the operating budget through transfers to capital reserves.


Capital Budget

The capital budget is used for long term investments like infrastructure and facilities. Road repairs, machinery, and maintenance of water treatment plants are all capital expenses.


$164.6
Million

 

Expenses have been rounded to the nearest hundred thousand and percentages to the nearest whole number. Rounding may result in some expense discrepancies with the overall total. The overall total budgets are accurate.


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