City of Waterloo staff will be presenting the 2019 proposed operating budget to council on Dec. 10, 2018 and will be seeking council’s approval of this budget on Feb. 11, 2019.
Through this budget, the city will deliver current services as well as a limited number of new services required for community growth and sustainability. The goal of this budget is clear: continue to deliver services using a balanced approach that supports a strong, healthy, green and vibrant Waterloo that is within the financial capacity of the community.
Also on Dec. 10, 2018, the proposed city utility service rates (water, sewer and stormwater inclusive) for 2019 will be tabled with council for their consideration and approval on Jan. 21, 2019. In addition, staff will present the proposed rental housing rates for 2019 to council and will ask for their approval of these rates that day.
Business plan presentations provide an opportunity to inform as well as educate about many things we do as a city. The plans provide context to assist council with the upcoming budget decisions. For the community, the business plans provide an overview of the various services and service levels the city provides, along with key projects planned for 2019. These business plans will be presented on Jan. 14, 21 and 28, 2019.
Between Dec. 11, 2018 and Feb. 15, 2019, staff will be conducting online public engagement with the community to better understand what information residents would like to know about the city’s budget and budget process and how better to communicate this information. The survey will be posted on engagewr.ca/waterloo, the city’s new public engagement platform on Dec. 11.