100 days in office for Trudeau

Anthony Abbondanza
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Pointe Claire mayor happy with 2014 budget, decrease in operational expenses

One hundred days into his mandate, Morris Trudeau has already begun tackling issues left unresolved for many years.

The Pointe Claire mayor told The Chronicle his administration has already held brainstorming sessions “in order to initiate a strategic planning process with a view to address prime areas of concern.”

The administration is also looking into diagnosing the future of Pointe Claire Village, which could see major changes in the near future. The mayor said the city is planning to create a special planning program with respect to the village.

And although he was a city councillor for 15 years before the Nov. 3 municipal election, Trudeau presided over his first municipal budget as mayor in December.

The city will operate on a $131-million budget in 2014, which includes a one per cent decrease in operational expenses. “The first budget of the newly elected council clearly reflects the city’s proficiency for managing public funds and takes into account the best interests of our citizens,” said Trudeau.

Moreover, residents can expect double taxation for water services as they pay for local usage based on consumption as well a portion of the roughly $60 million of Pointe Claire’s budget which is heading to the agglomeration of Montreal to cover the cost of water services, now controlled by the latter since Jan. 1.

Taking both property and water tax into consideration, Pointe Claire residents will 0.7 per cent more than in 2013.

So what can residents expect from the mayor in the next 100 days?

“In the next 100 days, council will have embarked on the strategic planning process, the development of the Special Planning Program will be underway and repair work of the St-Jean overpass will have commenced,” said Trudeau.

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Geographic location: Pointe Claire, Montreal

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