Montreal’s surprise budget increase: what Côte Saint-Luc is doing

The 2018 budget for the City of Montreal and the Agglomeration, filed on Wednesday, January 10, came as a shock and disappointment to Côte Saint-Luc and the 15 suburban municipalities on the island of Montreal. 

Côte Saint-Luc had prepared a draft budget with no tax increases. Montreal’s draft budget, if adopted, will change that.
Côte Saint-Luc had built a draft budget assuming a 2 percent (or $500,000) increase in how much it must pay for island-wide Agglomeration services such as the police and fire departments. However, the increase ended up being 6.7 percent (or 1.8 million). This difference between the assumed increase and real increase is $1.3 million, which amounts to $125 per average single-family dwelling.

Côte Saint-Luc and the other cities of the Association of Suburban Municipalities have adopted resolutions denouncing the unexpectedly large Agglomeration bill increase directed at our cities. We’ve also written to Montreal Mayor Plante to express this outrage, and participated in a news conference. We encourage our residents to attend a rally on Sunday, January 21 at noon in front of the Pointe-Claire City Hall (451 St. Jean Blvd.).

While Côte Saint-Luc hopes this pressure works, we have had to make a Plan B in case it doesn’t. We have prepared another draft budget to pay for the extra $1.3 million Montreal is forcing us to pay.

Regardless of whether Montreal changes its draft budget or not, Côte Saint-Luc will adopt its budget on Wednesday, January 24 at 6pm. The public is welcome to attend to ask questions after the budget is presented.

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