The NPCA is a direct levying body similar to how a school board levies directly to the taxpayer. However, the NPCA does not appear directly on your property tax bill as a levying body. The upper-tier municipality levies the taxpayer on the NPCA's behalf. The NPCA's three funding municipalities are Haldimand County, the City of Hamilton, and the Regional Municipality of Niagara.
In 2015, the City of Hamilton appealed to the Commissioner of Mining & Lands regarding the levy apportionment. An apportionment is how NPCA's budget is split between the municipalities in its watershed.
The Commissioner of Mining and Lands confirmed that Conservation Authorities should follow the formula, as laid out in O.Reg 670/00, in the absence of an agreement.
The majority of funds that contribute to the NPCA budget come from the levy, and special levies assigned to a particular municipality. The chart below outlines NPCA's revenue sources in 2016.
How much does NPCA cost you?
In the Regional Municipality of Niagara, the NPCA accounts for 0.01255% of your residential tax rate (2017). Or, $12.55 for every $100,000 of assessed value.