Borough tax, 2013 surplus needed to balance budget: Beis
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Pierrefonds-Roxboro will receive $27.2 million from Montreal – a $550,700 cut from last year, new borough mayor Jim Beis announced.
Following a month-long delay, Pierrefonds-Roxboro finally announced a balanced budget of 35.4 million during a Jan.7 special council meeting at city hall.
The borough’s council appropriated $978,000 from last year’s budget surplus to balance the 2014 budget, $728,000 more than in 2013.
“In order to have a balanced budget, we had to inject that money,” said Mayor Jim Beis.
Also announced was the enactment of a special borough service tax to generate income for the maintenance of municipal services. Residents can expect to pay a .0724 percent special service tax for the maintenance of services such as the management of the public pool and the addition of 312 skating hours at Sportsplexe 4 Glaces.
The city expects to raise approximately $4.7 million through the special tax, an increase of $79,100 from 2013.
The tax is necessary to balance the difference between the borough’s yearly expenditures (est. $34. 5 million) and the revenue allotment - $27.2 million - received from the city of Montreal. The borough is receiving $550,700 less than last year.
The allotments to the island’s 19 boroughs are expected to be cut by an average of two percent.
"We had to go into our surplus so that we wouldn’t pass the expense onto the residents. If we didn’t do that we would have to increase the borough tax" Jim Beis, Pierrefonds-Roxboro mayor
Beis added the budgetary cuts – approximately 2.5 per cent for Pierrefonds-Roxboro – imposed by Montreal mayor Denis Coderre would impact borough services, making the appropriation of last year’s surplus all the more necessary.
“We had to go into our surplus so that we wouldn’t pass the expense onto the residents. If we didn’t do that we would have to increase the borough tax,” said Beis.
Beis told the Chronicle his government is constantly looking for ways generate revenue without increasing taxes. “We’re hoping to continue to search for different programs from time to time from all levels of government to see if things we do already can be subsidized further,” he said.
The mayor has a busy 2014 up ahead as his administration looks to complete work of the planned outdoor pool at Grier Park, continue negotiations with the provincial government for the construction of an urban boulevard, and seek funding for what would be the borough’s first multi-sport recreational facility.
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