Do you think the suggested service improvements provide good value for the community?
The Region of Waterloo provides 60 per cent of municipal services to a growing community with a population of 570,000. Our services include but are not limited to public health, community services, culture and heritage, ambulance services and public transit. As always, our goal is to provide residents good value for their tax dollars. Our vision is to create a community where people matter and ideas grow.
The average cost per household in 2016 for all services provided by the Region of Waterloo, including Police Services, was $1,884. A 1% increase in taxes will add $19 to the average residential property tax bill in 2017.
The draft 2017 budget proposes a number of service improvements and Regional Council wants to know whether you think the suggested improvements provide good value for the community? Have your say by answering a few questions!
The proposed service improvements include:
- Adding 9 infant childcare spaces;
- Adding 3 ambulances and 15 paramedics;
- Enhancing transit service by increasing frequency on existing routes and/or adding new routes;
- Enhancing the transit route between Woolwich and the urban areas;
- Maintaining current service levels for current and new TravelWise members;
- Investing in artwork in public spaces connected to a Regional facility or building;
- Continuing the transit route between Wilmot and the urban areas after the pilot ends in 2017;
- Building and/or renting more interactive, quality exhibits at the Waterloo Region Museum;
- Hiring more Personal Support Workers at Sunnyside Long Term Care Home;
What happens next?
The budget topic will be live on the Engage platform from November 10 to December 2. After the end of the input period, staff will summarize the comments received for Regional Council’s consideration. The public feedback will help inform Council’s decision making regarding the 2017 budget on January 11, 2017.
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 2017 budget process.
For questions or an alternate format, please contact Cheryl Braan, Manager of Budgets, at or 519-575-4757 ex 4705; TTY: 519- 575-4608.