The budget decisions made for 2018 reflect City Council’s ongoing commitment to:
- Ensuring sound management of our municipal finances;
- Effectively controlling our operating expenditures;
- Delivering high-quality services at the lowest possible cost;
- Respecting citizens’ ability to pay.
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 resulting budget for 2018 totals nearly $53.7M. This budget includes all general property taxes, which cover local Saint-Lambert services, regional services falling under the jurisdiction of the Agglomération de Longueuil, and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) contribution.
The City of Saint-Lambert, as the other related municipalities, collects the taxes required for the Longueuil Agglomeration’s operations, in the form of a contributory “share,” which is paid directly to the Longueuil Agglomeration. For more information, you can consult the budget of the Longueuil agglomeration.
This budget shows the commitment of our 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.
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.
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.
The main variations in revenues are explained as follows:
- In lieu of taxes: Even if the value remains unchanged, the increase in taxation rates brings in additional revenues.
- Grants/Subsidies: From now on, capital repayments must be presented as a reduction in the debt service, and repayment of interest must be presented as a grant/subsidy.
- Land transfer duties: Revenues from this envelope were increased to partially account for the lifting of ceilings allowed by Bill 122. The latter imposes a tax rate of 2% on the value exceeding $500,000.
- Other revenues: The decrease is mainly due to the allocation of surpluses set aside for the emerald ash borer problem and for the elections ($445,000) in 2017. There will have no allocation in 2018.
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Progressive cash payment plan
The main variations in expenditures are explained as follows:
- General administration: There is a decrease ($145,000?) in the budget of the City Clerk’s Office mainly due to the elections that took place in 2017.
- Employer contributions: The amortization of past deficits was adjusted in light of a new actuarial study.
- Forestry: The fight against the emerald ash borer is financed from the operating funds rather than from the progressive cash payment program (PCP) as was the case in past years.
- Library, arts and culture: This variation is attributable to the rollout of the cultural policy, funded by the Ministère de la culture et des communications and to optimization resulting from the updating of equipment.
- Debt service: There is an increase due to the new funds disbursed and to the increase in the progressive cash payment program (PCP).
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Drinking water system
Maintenance of buildings and parks
Maintenance of equipment
Recreation, sports and community