• James Armstrong

Rigaud Town Council approves property tax increase with 2016 Budget


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

The 2016 Budget was the main order of business during the December 2015 Rigaud council meetings.

Property taxes in Rigaud will increase to $0.7075 per $100 of evaluation up by $0.035 from 2015. The budget for 2016 was presented at special Town Council Meeting on Monday December 14 followed the regular meeting that passed the budget resolution.

Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. said Rigaud is in good financial health. “The town is getting bigger and we have more maintenance services and activities,” he said in a follow-up interview Monday, December 21. Budgeted expenses for 2016 are up $898,980 from those of 2015 although a budget surplus from 2015 is a possibility. “We don’t have exact figures for the surplus, yet,” said Gruenwald Jr. adding that the numbers will be available in January 2016.

New community activities for the town in the New Year include the Festival Glisse et Réglisse from February 12 to14. Planned as part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fusion of Rigaud and the parish of Sainte-Madeleine de Rigaud, the festival includes skating on the Rigaud River, ice sculptures, dog sledding, fireworks and more. “We hope to have skating from behind the library to the Highway 40 bridge,” said Gruenwald Jr. noting the activity is weather-dependent.

Council also passed a resolution authorizing the signing of an agreement with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra for the presentation of a concert in Parc Chartier-De Lotbinière on July 26 at a cost of $48,000.

In other business, Council resolved to issue a payment of $16,000 to the for plans and drawing for the new fire station an amount considerably less than originally requested by the firm. “They wanted $36,000 but that wasn’t acceptable,” said the mayor. Gruenwald Jr. added that calls for tender for the construction of the fire station would likely happen mid-January 2016 followed by calls for tender for the new town hall at the end of that month.

Plans are also in the works to hire a resource person to promote Rigaud commerce and the industrial parks. According to the mayor, this person will handle communications for the town and be a resource person to help the commercial community.

The rumor that Santa Claus was stolen from a holiday display at the town entrance is simply that - a rumor. The mayor said that the Comité d’embellisement decided that Santa needed some refurbishment and removed him from the scene.

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