• 2025 Engage Cambridge Budget Survey – Don’t Be Fooled

    The Engage Cambridge Budget survey is conducted, interpreted and presented to residents by City staff. There is no objectivity or credibility in the survey results. Further, not nearly enough responses (only 133 in 2022 and 400 in 2024) are received to make the data useable (statistically significant) as a predictor of what the Cambridge population…

  • Seniors Are Struggling

    More and more seniors are struggling with property tax increases eroding away their often paltry disposable incomes year after year. Cambridge has seen property tax default rates rise 30% from 2021 through 2023. In 2024, Cambridge property taxes will rise by 7.17%. That’s 2.4 times the percentage increase in the incomes of most seniors. Below…

  • City’s ‘wordsmithing’ to explain tax hikes ‘absolute nonsense’

    February 11, 2024 ‘The city claims that if they cannot raise taxes by double the inflation rate, then they will have to cut services’ Cambridge property taxes will have risen on average by twice the rate of inflation over the 15 year period from 2013 through 2027, based on the city’s 2024 Budget and the…

  • Waterloo residents sound alarm over proposal to increase city taxes by 23 per cent

    Council will be provided a summary. Residents have until Friday to complete an online budget survey in the Engage Waterloo section of engagewr.ca. The proposed tax increase is 7.5 per cent this year, followed by an increase of 7.3 per cent in 2025 and a further 6.4 per cent in 2026. Annual increases would be $110 this year, $116…

  • Staggering Waterloo Region Property Tax Increases – 2024

    The City of Waterloo has proposed a 23% property tax increase over 3 years. At current Regional taxation levels, the City of Waterloo residents will see property taxes increase 4 times the Bank of Canada’s projected rate of inflation three years in a row! The City of Kitchener announced a 3.9% property tax increase for…

  • Local taxpayers align to fight ‘unsustainable’ property tax increases

    Published in Cambridge Today Dec 27, 2023 A group of local taxpayers frustrated with recent property tax hikes is banking on strength in numbers as they prepare to bring a case for municipal tax reform to a provincial committee looking into the region’s two-tier system. “We are advocating for the efficient and effective use of our members’ hard earned property…