The accessibility mode increases the contrast for people with visual problems.


Budget

Budget 2021
At the meeting of December 14, 2020, City Council adopted the 2021 budget. You can consult the presentation by clicking here. (in French)

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.

  • controlling the wage bill;
  • not increasing administrative divisions’ budgets for variable recurring expenses;
  • not increasing the tax bill for local expenses.

This budget, which is set at $58,875,213, includes all general property taxes that cover services offered by Saint-Lambert, the Agglomeration of Longueuil, and the Communauté metropolitan de Montréal (CMM).

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. (in French)

Thanks to rigorous management of local spending, the increase in the overall tax bill will be limited to only 1.35%. The tax rate for local services is frozen for 2021. The increase is entirely attributable to the 4.75% increase in the share of costs for Agglomeration services. 

The current formula for calculating the share of our taxes that goes to the Longueuil Agglomeration has the effect of placing a heavier tax burden on cities with a high proportion of their tax base coming from the residential sector, as is the case for Saint-Lambert. Using this calculation, Saint-Lambert pays approximately 1.5 times more for its Agglomeration services compared to other cities. The owner of a typical home in our city pays $3,062, while residents in other Agglomeration cities pay an average of $2,041 for the same services.1 

1These figures are based on the value of an average home in Saint-Lambert in 2020. 

New features 

The 2020 budget maintains the focus on offering quality services. Some measures will therefore be renewed once again in 2021:

  • Free access to sports facilities offered to organizations whose services are intended for young people in order to promote physical exercise as a healthy lifestyle;
  • Free public transport maintained for low-income seniors, by offering monthly Accès 65 HORS POINTE transit passes.
  • Maintaining investments for tree planting.

City Council has also decided to introduce the following new measures: 

  • Addition of an urban planning consultant and a municipal engineering technician for water management;
  • Updating of the snow removal policy and procedures to allow overnight street parking in winter starting in the fall of 2021.

Investments

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. 

Revenues

The main variations in revenues are explained as follows:

  • Transfer duties: We have increased this revenue based on the forecast revenue for 2020 as well as the average revenue from transfer duties of the last few years.
  • 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.
  • Other revenues: A decrease of approximately $50,000 is attributable to the contribution from the free surplus. 
Details2021 budget in $2020 budget in $Difference in $Difference
in %

Land incomes

Progressive cash payment plan
Local services
Agglomeration services
CMM

48 265 381

3 250 000
20 414 438
23 964 083
636 860

46 816 058

3 000 000
20 285 595
22 877 047
653 416

1 449 323 

250 000
128 843
1 087 036
-16 556

3,10

8,33
0,64
4,75
-2,53

Revenues from other sources

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

10 609 832

88 544
268 790
4 000 000
625 000
406 494
1 824 461
1 055 193
85 770
382 281
100 000
133 500
1 639 799

10 167 259

88 306
312 000
3 500 000
650 000
413 011
1 650 910
1 077 455
114 111
444 006
100 000
132 715
1 685 145

442 573

238
-43 210
500 000
-25 000
- 6 517
173 951
-22 262
-28 341
-61 725
785
-45 346
0

4,35

0,27
-13,85
14,29
-3,85
-1,58
10,54
-2,07
-24,84
-13,90
0,59
-2,69
0

Total

58 875 213

56 983 317

1 891 896

3,32

Expenditures

The main variations in expenditures are explained as follows:

  • Road network: There has been an increase in salaries, which was offset by a decrease in other departments, and an increase in the budget for snow removal.
  • Environmental health: There has been a significant decrease in the cost of removing waste materials and the addition of transportation costs for recyclable materials to the new site
  • Employer contributions: There has been an adjustment to the amount to be provided for in the future based on actuarial valuation, which takes into account the decrease in interest rates.
  • Debt service: The debt service has increased following a new issue at a favourable rate of 1.7%. The loan is mainly to finance work on Riverside. The working capital loan has been completely repaid. 
Details2021 budget in $2020 budget in $Difference in $Difference
in %

General administration

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

5 163 573

945 402
368 604
923 535
1 022 309
1 220 223
683 500

5 007 392

973 532
394 388
876 650
855 844
1 222 596
684 382

156 181

-28 130
-25 784
46 855
166 465
-2 373
-882

3,12

-2,89
-6,54
5,35
19,45
-0,19
-0,13

Technical services

Public Works
Urban Planning
Engineering
Crossing guards

1 377 898

573 792
601 014
0
203 092

1 126 143

584 795
517 946
25 633
197 769

51 755

-11 003
83 068
-25 633
5 323

3,90

-1,88
16,04
-100,00
2,69

Road network

Road repairs
Street cleaning
Snow removal
Street lighting
Signage

2 814 729

981 589
51 215
1 250 000
292 930
238 995

2 656 702

981 503
74 716
1 086 993
289 605
223 885

158 027

86
-23 501
163 007
3 325
15 110

5,95

0,01
-31,45
15,00
1,15
6,75

Environmental management

Drinking water system
Sewer system
Waste collection
Environment

2 787 329

451 663
467 719
1 461 384
406 563

2 728 796

443 267
443 050
1 613 394
229 085

58 533

8 9396
24 669
-152 010
177 478

2,15

1,89
5,57
-9,42
77,47

Maintenance of parks and buildings

2 700 254

2 817 300

-117 046

-4,15

Forestry

548 465

566 236

-17 771

-3,14

Horticulture

177 881

194 162

-16 281

-8,39

Maintenance of equipment

1 220 213

1 248 466

-28 253

-2,26

Recreation, sports and community 

Administration
Sports
Aquatic activities
Community and Youth
Daycamp

2 283 848

401 591
556 309
841 780
89 118
395 050

2 275 916

403 363
527 351
846 159
107 781
391 262

7 932

-1 772
28 958
-4 379
-18 663
3 778

0,35

-0,44
5,49
-0,52
-17,32
0,97

Library, arts and culture

1 347 098

1 429 380

-82 282

-5,76

Total operating expenditures for local services

20 421 28820 250 493170 7950,84

Employer's contribution

3 088 814 2 704 028384 78614,23

Progressive cash payment

3 250 000

3 000 000

250 000

8,33

Debt service

7 514 168

7 498 333

15 835

0,21

Shares - Longueuil Agglomération

23 964 08322 877 0471 087 0364,75

Shares - CMM

636 860

653 416

-16 556

-2,53

Total expenditures

58 875 21356 983 3171 891 8963,32