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Budget

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. 

New features 

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.

Revenues

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.
Détails2018 budget in $2017 budget in $Difference in $Difference
in %

Revenues

Sectoral taxes
Water fee
Transfer duties
Fines
Urban planning and Engineering Department
Grants
Recreation, sports and community
Library, arts and culture
Interests and penalties
Rentals
Sale of assets
Miscellaneous

7,854,118

109,200
323,873
2,280,000
600,000
435,344

1,672,740
1,046,915
110,800
378,000
157,443
25,000
714,803

7,467,254 

109,158
315,500
1,800,000
600,000
412,794

1,454,072
1,001,510
119,880
383,028
119,895
25,000
1,126,417

386,864

42
8,373
480,000 
-
22,550

218,668
45,405
-9,080
-5,028
37,548
-
-411,6143

5.18%

0.04%
2.65%
26.67%
0.00%
5.46%

15.04%
4.53%
-7.57%
-1.31%
31.32%
0.00%
-36.54%

Taxes

Progressive cash payment plan
Saint-Lambert
Agglomeration et CMM

45,857,983

2,500,000
21,501,332
21,856,651

44,766,203

2,250,000
20,885,110
21,631,093

1,091,780

250,000
616,222
225,558

2.44%

11.11%
2.95%
1.04%

Total

53,712,101

52,233,457

1,478,644

2.83% 

Expenditures

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).
Details2018 budget in $2017 budget in $Difference in $Difference
in %

General administration

City Council
City Management
Human Resources and
Communications Management
City Clerk’s Office
Finance Office and Procurement and
Special Project Management
Computer services

4,626,660

808,882
421,245
676,880

950,922
1,168,105

600,626

4,576,818

693,126
417,074
670,427

102,7594
1,158,397

610,200

49,838

115,756
4,171
6,453

- 76,672
9,704

-9,574

1.09%

16.70%
1.00%
0.96%

-7.46%
0.84%

-1.57%

Technical services

Public Works
Urban Planning
Engineering

1,046,035

457,002
481,810
107,223

1,031,875

438,480
483,180
110,215

14,160

18,522
-1,370
-2,992

1.37%

4.22%
-0.28%
-2.71%

Road network

Road repairs
Street cleaning
Snow removal
Street lighting
Signage

2,354,561

757,832
194,883
874,387
311,204
216,255

2,716,335

688,441
151,072
820,629
284,018
222,055

188,346

69,391
43,811
53,758
27,186
-5,800

8.69%

10.08%
29.00%
6.55%
9.57%
-2.61%

Environmental management

Drinking water system
Sewer system
Waste collection
Environment

2,517,373

432,968
437,836
1,341,284
305,285

2,649,375

424,359
416,281
1,527,796
280,939

-132,002

8,609
21,555
-186,512
24,346

-4.98%

2.03%
5.18%
-12.21%
8.67%

Maintenance of buildings and parks

2,803,204

2,733,405

69,799

2.55%

Forestry

516,056

518,918

-2,862

-0.55%

Horticulture

243,266

219,586

23,680

10.78%

Maintenance of equipment

1,225,571

1,207,006

18,565

1.54%

Recreation, sports and community 

Administration
Sports
Aquatic activities
Community and Youth
Local celebrations and other
Crossing guards
Daycamp

2,486,834


406,651
478,839
961,200
78,913
49,303
177,478
334,450

2 403 253


391,139
473,565
917,481
74,569
35,200
186,499
324,800

83 581


15,512
5,274
43,719
4,344
14,103
-9,021
9,650

3,48 %


3.97%
1.11%
4.77%
5.83%
40.07%
-4.84%
2.97%

Library, arts and culture

1,304,284

1,399,177

-59,693

-4.38%

Total operating expenditures for local services

19,123,84418,870,432253,4121.34%

Employer's contribution

2,815,9542,562,333253,6219.90%

Debt service

Progressive cash payment
Debt service

9,915,652

2,500,000
7,415,652

9,169,599

2,250,000
6,919,599
746,053

250,000
496,053
8.14%

11.11%
7.17%

Shares

Agglomération
CMM

21,856,651

21,219,679
636,972
21,631,093

21,012,672
618,421
225,558

207,007
18,551
1.04%

0.99%
3.00%

Total expenditures

53,712,10152,233,4571,478,6442.83%