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Minor tax increase for Rigaud in 2015


JAMES ARMSTRONG

Rigaud town council passed its 2015 budget on Tuesday evening, December 16, with a minor increase in property taxes

The annual budget for 2015 was presented, proposed and approved by Rigaud municipal council at two consecutive special meetings held the evening of Tuesday, December 16. Totaling $11,680,256, the 2015 budget is $265,356 higher than last year’s. Taxation rates for 2015 were also approved. The base rate for 2015 is $0.63 per $100 of evaluation.

Because of changes in the transfer payment of provincial sales tax to the municipalities, a base rate of $0.01106 per $100 of evaluation in addition to the amount of $0.03143 per $100 of evaluation levied in 2014. “In our case, it represents $92,000 per year,” said Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. in an interview earlier this month. According to the mayor, in some cases, some individuals will see a reduction in property tax because as the debt for sector specific projects is paid, rates decrease accordingly.

The budget sees increases in the cost of snow removal, road maintenance, the cost of running the parks and the swimming pool, garbage collection, and streetlights. “It’s an increase in taxes of about $0.02 per $100 of evaluation,” Gruenwald Jr. pointed out, noting that half of the increase covers the shortfall in transfer payments and the other half is for increases in the daily running of the municipality. It also includes the 3 per cent increase that is part of the collective agreement the town has with its unionized workers, according to the mayor.

In other business, council also renewed the lease for the current town hall at 33 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Ouest until the end of June 2016. Construction of the new town hall is slated to begin late next year. Council also decided to move forward on the fi le concerning the non-payment of municipal taxes by the Aires de Services Rigaud, the relatively new rest stop at Exit on Highway 40.

“My preference was to sell the property for non-payment of taxes,” said the mayor, “but I was told we couldn’t because the provincial government is involved.” The mayor also pointed out that the town is only allowed to recover the most recent three years of unpaid property taxes. Anything older than three years is reportedly unrecoverable.

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