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Property taxes increase 0.5 per cent for Vaudreuil-Dorion homeowners


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Marco Pilon, Vaudreuil-Dorion Treasurer and Director of Finances, presents the city 2017 budget at a special council session on December 12 that will see residential property taxes rise 0.5 per cent.

Residential property taxes in Vaudreuil-Dorion will increase an average of 0.5 per cent next year it was announced during a presentation of the city’s 2017 municipal budget that was adopted at a special council meeting on Monday, December 12.

For homeowners, the 0.5 per cent increase represents an average hike of $9 for a house evaluated at $309,000, said Marco Pilon, the city’s Treasurer and Director of Finances who presented the budget to about 25 residents in the council chamber.

The city also reduced by $2 the amount of money taxpayers will contribute to city’s water filtration and sewage treatment plants which reduces the overall tax increase to $7 for 2017.

“I’m very proud and happy about it,” Pilon told Your Local Journal. “Each year it’s a bit nerve-wracking when we present the numbers. It’s a bit like waiting for the results from an exam.

“We have a taxation rate of 0.5 per cent, but if you reduce that by $2 for the filtration plant, the actual increase is between 0.31 and 0.36 per cent. We’re using less of our surplus to achieve our goals. The fact is that we see good results from our planning,” Pilon added.

The residential property tax mill rate, the amount of municipal tax charged for each $100 of valuation, was also decreased to $0.60 in 2017 from $0.61131 cents in 2016. The city’s overall operating budget for 2017 is pegged at just over $72 million, about $3.3 million more than in 2016.

“I’m very proud of my city and my city council is very proud and I’m sure the people in my territory are happy with the result because we know we can continue to do good things for the citizens. With the money we’ve invested in everything, we just want to make sure even though people are paying tax, they are getting something back for their money,” said Pilon.

“I think they get a lot for their money and they deserve it,” he added. “They decided to come here to Vaudreuil-Dorion. We decided to develop our industrial and commercial sectors and now we’re seeing a lot of positive results.”

Pilon said that while the city rigorously controls its spending, it will continue with initiatives that contribute to improving the quality of life for its citizens, including expanding and interconnecting its network of bike paths on Boulevard de la Cité des Jeunes and St. Charles Avenue as part of its 2017-18-19 triennial capital expenditure program.

Two bicycle and pedestrian bridges across the Quinchien River are also in the works for 2017 – one on White Street and a second that will connect Rue Émile-Bouchard link Rue des Nénuphars – as part of the city’s bike path initiative.

The city also plans to expand its environmental footprint and provide residents with easier internet access to information on its website.

“We will continue to invest in tree planting and next year, we will begin establishing community gardens in some areas of the city. And at the beginning of the year, we will unveil our new website which will be much more current and user-friendly,” said Pilon.

The complete budget and triennial plan are available on the Vaudreuil-Dorion website at http://www.ville.vaudreuil-dorion.qc.ca/la-ville/budgets-et-rapports-financiers.html.

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