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October 27 10am - 8pm

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October 15,16,17 2-8 pm

October 18 10am - 4pm

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Fiscal Responsibility

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Tom Galloway on

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

 

The Region of Waterloo enjoys a Triple A financial rating from Moody’s, a rating enjoyed by a select group of municipalities.  I believe this reflects the excellent financial stewardship the Region has shown.  Our property tax rates are middle of the pack and our Reserves are sufficient yet modest.  I Chair the Audit Committee and we are continually doing Program Audits to make sure all program areas are effective and efficient.  We are also now embarking on a full service review to prioritize service areas, benchmark, and determine effectiveness and efficiency in all program areas.  I am Chairing this effort. This is a major undertaking but one Council believes is necessary to ensure we are doing the right things for the right price. Regional staff have been excellent in the past in their annual budget reviews in finding numerous efficiencies and related cost reductions.

 

  • Maintain our Triple A rating

 

  • Complete the external Service Review

 

  • Increase our Capital Reserve Fund to reduce debenturing

 

  • Restore our Tax Stabilization Fund

 

  • Lobby Province to include eligibility for Rapid Transit initiatives in the Regional Development Charge Bylaw

 

  • Maintain property tax increases to around the rate of inflation