What would you like to know about our budget?

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Budget 2019

Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas on how the city can best share information to the community about the city’s budget.

A total of 55 people completed the survey, and while the information cannot be considered scientifically valid based on the number of responses, the information did provide a snapshot into some sentiment regarding the city’s communications around its budget.

Among respondents, a few trends were identified, specifically:

  • a greater clarity on how the budget is developed;
  • a desire to understand how priorities for the community are determined; and
  • a desire to have an opportunity to provide input into the city’s budget prior to council approval.

Respondents also noted that:

  • the city does a good job of creating a budget where money is spent on things that are important to respondents; and
  • the city communicates the budget in an understandable way.

Respondents were also asked to rank which city services were of greatest importance to them. Water services ranked as the most important, with loose leaf collection the least important. The survey also asked, among the services offered by the city, where would respondents like to see more money spent. Roads maintenance, repairs and upgrades was ranked more important with loose leaf collection the least.

Staff will consider this feedback as it develops the communication plan for the 2020 to 2022 budget. To review more details about the engagement findings, view the 2019 Budget Process Debrief in the March 18, 2019 council packet.

For more information about the 2019 budget visit www.waterloo.ca/budget.

Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas on how the city can best share information to the community about the city’s budget.

A total of 55 people completed the survey, and while the information cannot be considered scientifically valid based on the number of responses, the information did provide a snapshot into some sentiment regarding the city’s communications around its budget.

Among respondents, a few trends were identified, specifically:

  • a greater clarity on how the budget is developed;
  • a desire to understand how priorities for the community are determined; and
  • a desire to have an opportunity to provide input into the city’s budget prior to council approval.

Respondents also noted that:

  • the city does a good job of creating a budget where money is spent on things that are important to respondents; and
  • the city communicates the budget in an understandable way.

Respondents were also asked to rank which city services were of greatest importance to them. Water services ranked as the most important, with loose leaf collection the least important. The survey also asked, among the services offered by the city, where would respondents like to see more money spent. Roads maintenance, repairs and upgrades was ranked more important with loose leaf collection the least.

Staff will consider this feedback as it develops the communication plan for the 2020 to 2022 budget. To review more details about the engagement findings, view the 2019 Budget Process Debrief in the March 18, 2019 council packet.

For more information about the 2019 budget visit www.waterloo.ca/budget.

We want to hear from you! Please share your comments on how we can improve the way we communicate budget information to you.
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Only 9 people have taken this quick poll as of Jan 23?? Seriously is any one interested?The costs go up every year, my wages have not. We have far too much red tape and bureaucrats protecting their jobs. Is the expectation to spend my budget or they will give me less next year? That said, the private sector is more efficient than any government service, involve them more.

Mickey 8 months ago

I think we citizens get excellent value for the taxes and water bills we pay. If we had to buy these services as individuals, from private companies, it would cost a lot more. I don't begrudge a penny that goes toward helping EVERYONE in the City of Waterloo.I just wish taxes could be based on income, that would be a lot fairer way of doing things.

kae 8 months ago

More interesting as you get into the reading

Raven Waterloo 8 months ago

Thanks for the information

Raven Waterloo 9 months ago

I am tired of the budget exceeding the cost of living index. Where does it end? Politicians should be more responsible with the public's money. Lobby the provincial government to allow open bidding on contracts. Don't restrict them to unionized companies. That wastes taxpayer money. Put off projects until we can afford them.

Hank49 9 months ago