2018 Pre-Budget Survey

The 2018 Budget planning will focus on supporting Council’s five priority areas, with an emphasis on improving and sustaining existing infrastructure, continue a path towards organization and community sustainability, so the Town is prepared for growth and increased service delivery demands/needs. We continue to need to invest in basic services.
 
As such, the following themes will guide the 2018 budget planning:

1) Accountability and Transparency
2) Financial Sustainability
3) Infrastructure Sustainability
4) Continued Focus on Service Delivery

Completing this survey is one of many inputs to this year’s budget planning. The information received is considered by Council and Administration during the budget development process.

Survey is open from August 28 to September 15, 2017

Demographics

* 1. Where do you live?

* 2. What is your age group?

* 3. What type of property do you own? If you own more than one type, please choose your primary property.

* 4. How long have you owned/ lived at your property?

Overall Value Satisfaction 

* 5. Given all the programs and services provided by the Town, how would you rate the value you are receiving for your tax dollars?

Financial Sustainability

The Town, like many other municipalities in Ontario, is faced with a number of issues including aging infrastructure, growth, inflationary pressures, and limited funding sources. In addition, uncertainty exists around external sources of funding, i.e. government grants and environmental regulatory changes.  The Town must consider the various funding sources available such as tax levy, user fees, reserves, and debt and how the management of these affect the long-term financial sustainability of the Town.

* 6. Considering the strategies listed below to address the infrastructure shortfall, please rank in order of importance which strategy the Town should implement. "1" being the most important strategy.

* 7. To support economic development in Lincoln, which of the following financial incentive programs or areas should be considered a priority for investment:

* 8. To support growth and private sector investment, please rank for importance the following financial incentive programs Lincoln should consider. "1" being most important.

Infrastructure Sustainability

Recognizing that there are only a limited number of funding sources, the Town must take a proactive approach to asset management by introducing innovative methods to enable the repair and replacement of existing infrastructure.

* 9. Keeping this in mind, please indicate if you feel these infrastructure categories should be enhanced, maintained or reduced.

  Enhance Maintain Reduce
Roads Maintenance & Improvements (e.g., road resurfacing & rehabilitation, drainage/ditching) 
Bridges & Culverts (e.g., replacement, repair)
Water (e.g., piping, fire hydrants, pumping stations)
Wastewater (e.g., piping, access chambers)
Street Lighting (street lights)
Facility Conditions (e.g., arenas, community halls, pools, civic facilities)
Beautification & Streetscape Amenities (e.g., plants, benches, street trees, bike racks, gateways, public art)
Active Transportation (e.g., bike lanes, improved pedestrian connections such as sidewalks/trails)
Service Delivery

Another objective of the budget process will be to make sure we can meet the public’s service delivery expectations while also trying to manage the long-term impact of the budget and financial well-being of the community.

* 10. Keeping this in mind, please indicate if you feel these service delivery categories should be enhanced, maintained or reduced.

  Enhance Maintain Reduce
Winter Control (e.g., snow clearing, salting and sanding)
Beautification (e.g., boulevard maintenance, tree maintenance)
Public Transit (e.g., intra-municipal – within Lincoln, GO bus, intermunicipal –across Region)
Recreation & Leisure Programs (e.g., program offerings, program availability)
Parks, Open Spaces & Trails (e.g., amenities, general maintenance, grass cutting, garbage collection)
Community Development (e.g., festivals, tourism, community spaces)
Sports Fields (e.g., amenities, general maintenance, grass cutting, garbage collection)
Museum & Cultural Centre (e.g., collection materials, programs and services offered)
Lincoln Public Library (e.g., collection materials, programs and services offered)
Fire Services (e.g., volunteer fire services, prevention, inspections, education)
By-law Enforcement (e.g., parking enforcement, inspections, animal control)
Accountability and Transparency

As a municipality, the Town must adopt and maintain generally accepted practices and procedures to best ensure accountability and transparency to the public.  Clear guidelines provide staff and taxpayers an understanding of how and why decisions are made, building trust in the organization. Ensuring Council’s decisions and Town business is communicated effectively enhances the organizations ability to engage residents.

* 11. What is your level of support for modest increases to fund the Town of Lincoln tax portion of the levy (i.e., accounting for 33% only of total tax levy) to fund services provided by the Town?

* 12. What is your primary source for information regarding the Town's budget?

* 13. What other suggestions would you make in order to improve Town services or programs?

* 14. Please provide any additional comments that you would like to be considered in preparation of the 2018 budget.

Thank you for your feedback.
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