(Map by Allison Leonard)
Municipal elections will be held across Waterloo Region on Oct. 27, and the following is a city ward profile that summarizes some key information. Did we miss any key issues in your ward? Let us know; email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This profile was created in partnership with the Cord Community Edition.
Ward 1 is the southernmost ward in Waterloo, and is found west of Fischer Hallman Road and north of University Avenue. The suburban area includes the Westvale neighbourhood, Regency Park and an expanse of the Boardwalk shopping development.
Major issue: Taxation
There has been considerable development in the ward, notably the construction of Ira Needles Boulevard and the Boardwalk shopping district. Some residents are concerned for their tax rates, particularly pertaining to the construction of the LRT.
Ward 1 residents expressed their uncertainty about the LRT investment and worry that a possible increase in taxes will hurt young families in the residential-heavy ward.
Margaret Haven, a retired Ward 1 resident, is also unsure of the LRT's merits but said it would be "foolish" to stop the plan now. She foresees that any area near a LRT stop will now see a considerable jump in price.
"Everything that is closer to the buses now is making it worse, the taxes are going to get worse. We live out here, we'd love to live closer to uptown Waterloo, but we can't afford it. Whatever we would buy would be less space, less nice a place for more money than what we would get for what we own now," Haven said.
There is only one candidate in the race, Bob Mavin, who had separate stints as Waterloo's chief financial officer and treasurer.