Saint-Lambert’s budget for 2018 has been set at $53.7M, with a tax increase of only 1.22%
On December 11, the mayor of Saint-Lambert, Pierre Brodeur, presented the 2018 budget for the City of Saint-Lambert. This budget, which is set at $53,712,101, includes all general property taxes that cover services offered by Saint-Lambert, the Agglomeration of Longueuil, and the Communauté metropolitan de Montréal (CMM).
“This budget shows our commitment, as your new city council, to continuing to improve infrastructures, maintain quality of life, and offer services that live up to the expectations of Saint-Lambert residents, all at the best possible cost,” stated Mayor Brodeur.
Thanks to tight control over spending, the increase in the overall tax bill will be limited to only 1.22%. For residences, this means a tax rate of $1.0647 for every $100 of valuation, compared to $1.0518 in 2017. The average tax bill for a single-family residence evaluated at $569,404 will therefore increase by only $73 for the year 2018.
“We are proud of this budget, which respects residents’ ability to pay, with the tax increase limited to a minimum. We must mention the fact that the less-than-1% increase in the Agglomeration de Longueuil’s share of our tax bill contributed to this great result,” added the mayor.
The new budget reflects City Council’s commitment to ensuring sound management of our municipal finances and to delivering high-quality services at the lowest possible cost. It was also drawn up in accordance with the following priorities:
- no appropriation of the surplus;
- controlling the wage bill;
- an increase in the administrative divisions’ budgets limited to 1%; and
- a tax increase of less than 2%.
The 2018 budget maintains the focus on offering quality services. However, City Council has decided to introduce the following new measures:
- Offer free access to sports facilities to organizations whose services are intended for young people in order to promote physical exercise as a healthy lifestyle;
- Maintain free public transport for low-income seniors, but by offering monthly Accès 65 HORS POINTE transit passes instead of tickets.
“These two measures address requests we heard often during our door-to-door election campaigning, and we are very happy to be able to offer them without upsetting the budget balance,” reported Mayor Brodeur.
Controlling the debt is the main challenge faced by City Council in terms of the budget, particularly as major investments are essential if we are to continue remedying the cumulative maintenance deficit in our municipal infrastructures in order to ensure quality service for citizens.
“The city’s financial health was our main concern in this budget, and we will keep it in mind in all our decisions. We face the challenge of having to reconcile municipal priorities with the financial resources available, all without further increasing the burden placed on future generations,” explained the mayor.
“I wish to thank the members of City Council for the colossal job they did in drawing up a first budget. I would also like to thank the entire municipal administration team for their collaboration and support throughout the process, which was a race against the clock immediately after an electoral campaign,” concluded Mayor Brodeur.
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