Taxation will remain stable for demerged cities such as Dorval and Ste. Anne de Bellevue homeowners in 2013 while Beaconsfield and Baie d’Urfé property owners will suffer relatively small increases of their tax bill. Dollard des Ormeaux residents will be the ones to see their bill augment the most with a 1.98 per cent increase.
In Dorval, the average home, now evaluated at $327,000 will pay $2,961 just as it did last year for property value, water, sewers and garbage collection.
The 47.7 million budget was approved unanimously on Dec. 19. Despite indexation which affected the annual spending, agglomeration taxes, salaries, fuel and energy costs, maintenance of buildings and equipment, the city was able to maintain a balanced budget thanks to increased revenues from incremental taxes and keep its residential property tax contribution the same as 2012.
"These aren't good financial years, so we are pleased to be able to get to keep our property taxes at the same level and to continue to provide services at the same level," said Mayor Edgar Rouleau.
Ste. Anne de Bellevue
Ste. Anne de Bellevue plans on a revenue augmentation of 3.99 per cent with an equivalent 3.99 per cent rise in expenses for a balanced budget. Since there was no hike in the average home evaluation, there will be no variation in property taxes for homes that have not had renovations or improvements made. The average home evaluated at $309,695 will pay $3,021, just as it did last year.
Despite a diminution of the property tax of 2.93 per cent, the average home of $450,785 will pay an extra $25.81 in taxes, a 0.51 per cent increase, due to a 3.16 per cent increase in agglomeration taxes and the upward evaluation of homes.
The budget saw an augmentation of spending of 3.31 per cent (up to $20,909,930) and a 3.02 per cent hike of agglomeration spending (up to $20,160,625) while revenues are up 3.17 per cent (total of $41,070,555) making for a balanced budget.
In Baie d'Urfé, the average home evaluated at $530,961 (up seven per cent) will pay an average increase of $29.49 from the 2012 combined agglomeration and local tax bills.
Baie d'Urfé has managed to keep its overall tax increase for both the residential and non-residential sectors in 2013 to 0.79 per cent even though the agglomeration tax increase was 1.54 per cent for the town and over 72 per cent of the taxes go to Montreal for regional services.
Baie d'Urfé banks on a in expected surplus for 2012 of $1.9 million on a local operating budget of $6.7 million. There will be $640,000 in new taxation revenue from new construction and renovations, a $420,000 increase in transfer taxes, $400,000 in projects not undertaken. Forty per cent of that money is to be used in 2013, the rest in 2014.
The city saved $240,000 in reduced salaries due to short-staffing. The total accumulated surplus approached $5 million by the end of 2012.
Dollard des Ormeaux
Dollard des Ormeaux will also present a balanced budget with equal expenses and revenues of $77,860,200. The average home of $350,400 will pay an extra $75.26 in general taxes including property, sewers and aqueduct.
The average tax bill will be $3,871.17 excluding any local improvement taxes. Dollard residents will suffer a 1.98 per cent tax augmentation again excluding any local improvement taxes, a hike lower than the 2.2 per cent inflation rate in Montreal Mayor Ed Janiszewski pointed out last week.
"I've been mayor for 28 years and each year, our tax hike has been lower or equal to inflation. We plan to continue down that way and I'm very happy about that," he said.