2020 Budget

The Region of Waterloo provides 60 per cent of municipal services to a growing community with a population of approximately 600,000 people. We strive to create a community where people matter and ideas grow. We provide a range of services including: public health; community services; culture and heritage; waste; water; public transit; and ambulance services to name a few. As always, our goal is to provide residents good value for their tax dollars.

The average cost per household in 2019 for all services provided by the Region, including Police Services, was $2,023. A one per cent increase in taxes would add $20 to the average residential property tax bill in 2020.

Regional Council wants to know if you think current service levels and the suggested improvements (from the preliminary 2020 budget) provide good value for our community? Have your say by answering a short questionnaire below. The questionnaire should take about 15-20 minutes to complete and questions can be skipped if desired.

Proposed 2020 service improvements include:

  • adding more personal support workers at Sunnyside Home for high needs clients and more around the clock care

  • adding more ambulances and paramedics

  • enhancing transit service including improvements to service levels on local routes in Cambridge and on routes in Kitchener-Waterloo to accommodate increased ridership and changing travel patterns resulting from ION LRT

  • adding more buses to provide increased MobilityPLUS service for people with physical and cognitive disabilities

  • enhancing transit services in Wilmot Township

  • adding resources to support the Waterloo Region Housing Master Plan to increase affordable housing

  • Public Health program funding for substance use, harm reduction and needle disposal

Detailed information is provided in the full Budget Issue Paper proposal requests.

There are opportunities to provide in-person feedback at Regional Council meetings on November 26 and December 11, 2019.

What happens next?

The feedback questionnaire will be live from November 20 to December 20. Staff will summarize the input received for Regional Council’s consideration. The input will help inform Council’s decision making regarding this year’s budget on January 22, 2020.

Councillors will be following the conversation on the Engage platform, and we encourage you to do the same! Check back in January for the outcome of the 2020 budget process.

The Region of Waterloo provides 60 per cent of municipal services to a growing community with a population of approximately 600,000 people. We strive to create a community where people matter and ideas grow. We provide a range of services including: public health; community services; culture and heritage; waste; water; public transit; and ambulance services to name a few. As always, our goal is to provide residents good value for their tax dollars.

The average cost per household in 2019 for all services provided by the Region, including Police Services, was $2,023. A one per cent increase in taxes would add $20 to the average residential property tax bill in 2020.

Regional Council wants to know if you think current service levels and the suggested improvements (from the preliminary 2020 budget) provide good value for our community? Have your say by answering a short questionnaire below. The questionnaire should take about 15-20 minutes to complete and questions can be skipped if desired.

Proposed 2020 service improvements include:

  • adding more personal support workers at Sunnyside Home for high needs clients and more around the clock care

  • adding more ambulances and paramedics

  • enhancing transit service including improvements to service levels on local routes in Cambridge and on routes in Kitchener-Waterloo to accommodate increased ridership and changing travel patterns resulting from ION LRT

  • adding more buses to provide increased MobilityPLUS service for people with physical and cognitive disabilities

  • enhancing transit services in Wilmot Township

  • adding resources to support the Waterloo Region Housing Master Plan to increase affordable housing

  • Public Health program funding for substance use, harm reduction and needle disposal

Detailed information is provided in the full Budget Issue Paper proposal requests.

There are opportunities to provide in-person feedback at Regional Council meetings on November 26 and December 11, 2019.

What happens next?

The feedback questionnaire will be live from November 20 to December 20. Staff will summarize the input received for Regional Council’s consideration. The input will help inform Council’s decision making regarding this year’s budget on January 22, 2020.

Councillors will be following the conversation on the Engage platform, and we encourage you to do the same! Check back in January for the outcome of the 2020 budget process.

  • Welcome to a questionnaire on the 2020 Budget:  We want your opinion on current service levels and proposed investments in services provided to the community.  It should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.

    Welcome to a questionnaire on the 2020 Budget:  We want your opinion on current service levels and proposed investments in services provided to the community.  It should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.

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