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Budget

The budget decisions made for 2019 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:

  • controlling the wage bill;
  • no increase in the administrative divisions’ budgets for controllable expenditures; and
  • a tax increase of less than 2%.

The resulting budget for 2020 totals nearly $56.98M. 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 1.89%. For residences, this means a tax rate of $0.9888 for every $100 of valuation, compared to $0.9704 in 2019. The average tax bill for a single-family residence evaluated at $635,846 and whose value is stable will therefore increase by $117 for the year 2020. 

New features 

The 2019 budget maintains the focus on offering quality services. Some measures will therefore be renewed once again in 2020:

  • 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, but by offering monthly Accès 65 HORS POINTE transit passes instead of tickets;
  • Increase in the amounts of subsidies granted to organizations to help them deliver their services.

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

  • Additional opening hours at the library;
  • Addition of a position in Human Resources and of a foreman position in Public Works to meet growing needs;
  • Increase in investments for tree planting.

Revenues

The main variations in revenues are explained as follows:

  • In lieu of taxes: The decrease is related to the non-taxable portion of Seaway Park (federal).
  • 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: We have increased this revenue to factor in the removal of ceilings allowed by Bill 122, by taxing value in excess of $500,000 at the rate of 3%.
  • Other revenues: The decrease is mainly attributable to a decrease in the amount provided for in the agglomeration’s fiscal pact.
Détails2020 budget in $2019 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

10 167 259

88 306
312 000
3 500 000
650 000
412 611
1 650 910
1 077 455
114 111
444 006
132 715
100 000
1 685 145

9 202 614 

49 330
330 400
2 870 000
630 000
382 091
1 372 349
1 024 371
113 100
359 600
110 443
100 000
1 860 930

964 645

38 976
-18 400
630 000
20 000
30 520
278 561
53 084
1 011
84 406
22 272
0
-175 785

10,48

79,01
-5,57
21,95
3,17
7,99
20,30
5,18
0,89
23,47
20,17
0
-9,45

Taxes

Progressive cash payment plan
Saint-Lambert
Agglomeration et CMM

46 816 058

3 000 000
20 285 595
23 530 463

46 063 675

2 750 000
20 383 070
22 930 605

752 383 

250 000
- 97 475
599 858

1,63

9,09
- 0,48
2,62

Total

56 983 317

55 266 289 

1 717 028 

3,11

Expenditures

The main variations in expenditures are explained as follows:

  • General administration: The amount of grants to organizations has been increased and a position has been added in the Human Resources Office.
  • Public Works, Engineering and Urban Planning: A foreman position has been added.
  • 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 valuations.
  • Forestry: The money to fight the emerald ash borer comes out of the operating fund and is adjusted upwards according to the determination of Council. Money to plant new trees comes out of the capital fund ($150,000).
  • Library, arts and culture: The Cultural Policy subsidized by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications has been rolled out and optimization made possible through the updating of facilities.
  • Debt service: The debt service has increased following a new issue.
Details2020 budget in $2019 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

5 007 392

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

4 782 958

932 246
391 570
752 310
846 549
1 203 910
656 373

224 434

41 286
2 818
124 340
9 295
18 686
28 009

4,69

4,43
0,72
16,53
1,10
1,55
4,27

Technical services

Public Works
Urban Planning
Engineering

1 134 934

628 389
480 912
25 633

956 670

468 750
487 920
0

178 264

159 639
-7 008
25 633

18,63

34,06
-1,44
100,00

Road network

Road repairs
Street cleaning
Snow removal
Street lighting
Signage

2 656 702

981 503
74 716
1 086 993
289 605
223 885

2 331 980

729 037
183 812
887 822
311 284
220 025

324 722

252 466
-109 096
199 171
-21 679
3 860

13,92

34,63
-59,35
22,43
-6,96
1,75

Environmental management

Drinking water system
Sewer system
Waste collection
Environment

2 728 796

443 267
443 050
1 613 394
229 085

2 897 500

434 341
432 316
1 765 833
265 010

-168 704

8 926
10 734
-152 439
-35 925

-5,82

2,06
2,48
-8,63
-13,56

Maintenance of buildings and parks

2 681 181

2 740 521

-59 340

-2,17

Forestry

566 236

412 471

153 765

37,28

Horticulture

194 162

243 593

-49 431

-20,29

Maintenance of equipment

1 248 466

1 211 695

36 771

3,03

Recreation, sports and community 

Administration
Sports
Aquatic activities
Community and Youth
Crossing guards
Daycamp

2 603 244

403 363
527 351
975 718
107 781
197 769
391 262

2 554 977

473 377
476 933
966 131
107 542
174 744
356 250

48 267

-70 014
50 418
9 587
239
23 025
35 012

1,89

-14,79
10,57
0,99
0,22
13,18
9,83

Library, arts and culture

1 429 380

1 357 192

72 188

5,32

Total operating expenditures for local services

20 250 49319 489 557760 9363,90

Employer's contribution

2 704 028 2 902 466-198 438-6,84

Debt service

7 498 333

7 193 661

304 672

4,24

Progressive cash payment

3 000 000

2 750 000 

2 750 000 

9,09 

Shares
Longueuil Agglomération and CMM

23 530 463

22 930 605 


599 858

2,62

Total expenditures

56 983 31755 266 2891 717 0283,11