No tax hikes for Kirkland residents

Anthony Abbondanza
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Mayor announces 57.2 million-budget, street repaving program last week at City Hall

As potholes mount, Kirkland Boulevard is among many  streets that could be part of the city’s repaving program.

Kirkland Mayor Michel Gibson made good on his pre-Nov. 3 election campaign promise of halting tax increases.

During last week’s $57.2-million budget adoption, the mayor announced taxes paid to the city and the agglomeration would remain the same as in 2013 -$1,596 and $2,468, respectively.

“For this budget process, council had set itself the goal to maintain local services and add new requirements while maintaining a steady budget without increasing the tax burden of our taxpayers,” the mayor said in a released statement.

Included in the $4,154 total tax bill for an owner of an average home, valued at $429,667, is a $90 water tariff – the same as in 2013.

Meanwhile, the residential mill rate is set at $0.9461 per $100 of valuation.

The first round of tax payment is due on April 1; the second, on July 2.

In 2014, Kirkland will dish out nearly $29.7 million to the agglomeration, $33,400 less than last year.

Gibson also unveiled the town’s three-year capital works program, which is heavy on road repair. The city will spend roughly $22.5 million over the next three years on several projects, two-thirds of which will be directed to the much-needed street repaving program.

St. Charles Boulevard is the primary target for the repaving program as potholes keep mounting.

Also, nearly $8.5 million will be devoted to infrastructure as the city is set to introduce a new splash pad which will be built at Harris Park this summer.

“Every budget cycle has its challenges and 2014 was no different…Costs for providing services continue to rise each year, changing demographics require adjustments in services provided especially for senior citizens and additional responsibilities keep being transferred to us by the different levels of government,” Gibson said.     

For more information on the budget, visit the city’s website at www.ville.kirkland.qc.ca.

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Geographic location: Kirkland, Harris Park

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