Côte Saint-Luc adopts 2017 budget: City spending stays flat, average residential property tax increase of 1.9 percent

The City of Côte Saint-Luc has adopted an operating budget for 2017 that kept spending flat and saw the property tax of 1.9% percent for an average single-family home in the city, which is in line with what the Conference Board of Canada has forecast as the inflation rate for the greater Montreal region.

“We do our very best to keep property taxes as low as possible and our level of service what residents have come to expect,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “It was a challenging exercise this year given the higher than expected bill we received from Agglomeration of Montreal, which is the island-wide government that all cities on the island have to pay into.”

The Côte Saint-Luc City Council adopted the $68 million operating budget on December 12, 2016. About 42 percent of all taxes collected by Côte Saint-Luc are transferred to the Agglomeration of Montreal, which funds services such as police, fire, and public transit. 

The property tax bills will be sent to homes by the last week of January. The deadline to pay property taxes has been set at February 27 for the first installment and May 29 for the second installment.

“The Council and senior staff worked very hard to balance our budget while continuing our tradition of a very modest property tax increases for the average resident,” said Councillor Steven Erdelyi, the council member responsible for finances. “I want to thank Interim City Manager Nadia Di Furia, Interim Associate City Manager Jonathan Shecter, and City Treasurer Ruth Kleinman for their hard work.”

Budget and tax highlights include the following:

  • Average increase in taxes for single-family home valued at $584,600: 1.9 percent (or $121)
  • 52 percent of single-family homes and condos will see a reduction in taxes
  • Increase in revenues from taxation: 3 percent
  • Revenues from property taxes: 87.7 percent
  • Revenues from compensation in lieu of taxes: 1.9 percent 
  • Other revenues (eg, program fees, memberships, etc.): 10.3 percent

The three-year capital expenditures plan was also adopted on December 12. Approximately $14 million in capital expenses is anticipated in 2017. It will be used for projects such as water & sewer rehabilitation & repairs, renovations to the outdoor municipal pool, underpasses, and more.

 

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