Property taxes increase an average of 0.74 per cent for Vaudreuil-Dorion homeowners


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion Treasurer and Director of Finances Marco Pilon presents the 2016 budget which will see residential property taxes increase an average of 0.74 per cent across the city.

Residential property taxes in Vaudreuil-Dorion will increase an average of 0.74 per cent in 2016 it was announced during a presentation of the city’s 2016 municipal budget that was adopted at a special council meeting on Monday, December 14.

For homeowners, the 0.74 per cent increase represents an average hike of $14 for a house evaluated at $309,000, said Marco Pilon, the city’s Treasurer and Director of Finances who presented the budget to a packed council chamber as about 30 residents sat and listened to the presentation.

The increase takes into account the city’s new three-year property tax valuation role for 2016, 2017 and 2018 that was undertaken by the Municipalité Régionale de Comté (MRC) de Vaudreuil-Soulanges, which resulted in the average home price previously assessed at $280,000 rise to an average of $309,000 – an increase of 9.8 per cent from the previous triennial period.

As a result of the property valuation increase, the city lowered the mill rate that is charged to property owners from 0.6690 cents per $100 of valuation in 2015 to 0.61 cents per $100 in valuation in 2016. The city’s water tax remains unchanged at $275. The city’s projected revenue increase for 2016 amounts to $68,725.083, a 5.3 per cent increase from the $65,247,379 that the city projected for 2015.

“I’m very happy with the budget,” Mayor Guy Pilon told Your Local Journal. “We wanted to make this year’s increase as small as possible. It’s a very good budget and I’m sure the residents will be very happy with it because when you take all the services we provide, people get good value for their money.

“I also want to acknowledge the tremendous work done our administrators to keep our operating costs to a minimum and to opt for stability,” said Mayor Pilon. “We have one of the lowest tax rates in the region, yet despite this, we are able to provide all our citizens with a wide range of diverse and high-quality services.

Among the major projects listed as part of the city’s triennial projects for 2016, 2017 and 2018 is the completion of the city’s sewage treatment facility and a planned widening of Boulevard des Cité-des-Jeunes near the junction with Highway 30 heading west towards St. Lazare.

“While we have limited our operating expenses, we will continue to invest to improve the living environment of our citizens,” said Mayor Pilon. “We will develop a master plan for parks and green spaces including new bike paths and review our review our recreation and culture polices. This way we can better plan for investments in the future.”

The city will also provide grants totalling $1.2 million to various groups and organizations. The detailed budget presentation is available on the Vaudreuil-Dorion website at http://www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca/nouvelles/budget-2016.html.

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