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The 2013 budget

Tuesday, 4 December, 2012

 

Tax hike of 2% in Châteauguay

A breather for Châteauguay citizens

Châteauguay, December 3, 2012 – The City of Châteauguay has once again scored a show of strength by limiting its tax hike to 2% in 2013, and this in spite of the negative effects linked to the actuarial deficit of the pension scheme. This 2% rise is equal to the consumer price index (IPC) for the Montréal region which stood at 2.1% in October of 2012.

Property tax moves from $1.0556 per $100 evaluation to $0.9314 per $100 evaluation. In concrete terms, the owner of a Châteauguay house of average value ($221,500) will assume a tax hike of $56, an increase of 1.97%, including costs linked to the different other taxes. Those other taxes (drinking water, raw sewage, garbage and recycling collection) are increasing by 1.9%.

Châteauguay Mayoress Nathalie Simon notices that this budget also takes into account the new evaluation roll, from the rise of incompressible costs (electricity, fuel) and the increase of all of the shares (Montréal Metropolitan Community (CMM), Metropolitan Transport Agency (AMT), South-West Intermunicipal Transport Council (CITSO), Regional County Municipality (MRC) that the City must assume each year.

Moreover, the sum of $10 million will be invested in 2013 for repairing streets and parks. 

For the Mayoress, the adoption of this budget constitutes a remarkable tight management exercise of public finances. “Despite the numerous imponderables, we have succeeded in maintaining a responsible taxation rate that respects the capacity of the citizens to pay,” she indicated.

In order to grant a breather to taxpaying citizens, the sum of $1.3 million coming from the accumulated surplus was earmarked for the 2013 budget.  “We decided to use part of the City's accumulated surplus in order to enable the people to breathe a little during this difficult economic time,” the Mayoress explained before thanking the department heads, the civil servants and all the employees of the City for their efforts and their cooperation.

The City of Chateauguay's budget rose to $83.5 million.

 

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Source: Offices of Mayoress Nathalie Simon – 450.608.3007

Communications department: – 450.698.3017
communications@ville.chateauguay.qc.ca

Last update: 2012-12-05 13:55

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