Waterloo Region 2014 budget

Here's a printed copy of the proposed 2014 Waterloo Region budget. It runs 456 pages. (Andrea Bellemare/CBC)

The Waterloo Region 2014 budget process got underway Wednesday with a council meeting and a public input session.

Catch the replay of our live chat with regional finance committee chair Tom Galloway and Wilfrid Laurier associate professor of economics Christine Neill.

Some chat highlights:

  • This year's budget was tough due to several factors, according to Tom Galloway. He said the main causes were "lower waste management revenues, increased debt servicing costs, the Regional Transportation Master Plan, and low assessment growth."
  • Regional council has asked staff to look into service alternatives to closing 4 rural waste transfer stations. 
  • A proposal floated by Woolwich Mayor Todd Cowan on The Morning Edition Thursday to close a regional call centre that provides information was addressed. Galloway says he had first hear Cowan mention closing the centre on Wednesday. The call centre is recently opened.