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How your city budget works
Find out how the City of Kitchener builds its annual budget.
Master Plans, Strategic Plan, Long Term Financial PlanThe City of Kitchener uses its strategic plan and , long-term financial plan and various master plans to guide the priorities of our budget process.
Tax Supported Budgets vs. Rate BudgetsThe City of Kitchener has two main ways of funding things – property taxes and services that you pay for as you use them.
Region vs. CityThe City of Kitchener collects property taxes from property owners across the city. The property taxes we collect fund the Region of Waterloo, City of Kitchener and school boards. The changes you see in your tax bill are a combination of these three budgets.
Reserves and DebtThe City of Kitchener uses a variety of tools to manage its finances. Two of those tools are reserve funds and debt.