• John Jantak

Vaudreuil-Dorion 2018 budget reveals maximum $10 residential tax hike for average household

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK Vaudreuil-Dorion Treasurer and Director of Finances Marco Pilon presented the city’s 2018 budget during a special council session on Monday, December 18.

Vaudreuil-Dorion residents living in an average household will see their property taxes rise by a maximum of $10 despite a 4.4 per cent increase in its operating expenses as the city presented and adopted its 2018 budget during a special council session on Monday, December 18.

Residential property tax rates will increase 0.9 per cent. The residential property tax mill rate will rise from $0.6131 to $0.6186 for every $100 of municipal evaluation. Water taxes will remain unchanged at $275.

Rigorous financial management

The $75,258,109 budget total is almost $3.2 million more than last year’s amount, but its impact remains below the consumer price index, even though three per cent of the increase in total expenses is solely attributed to the cost of implementing a new food waste collection program in 2018 and higher snow removal fees, said Marco Pilon, the city’s Treasurer and Director of Finances during the presentation.

Other irreducible expenditures include remuneration, public transit, public security and waste collection, which amount to $65 million for 2018 and represents 85 per cent of the city’s total expenses, Pilon added.

“Despite these significant expenses, we are able to keep taxes at a reasonable rate thanks to our rigorous management of public finances. I say it every year, but it’s the absolute truth – our citizens enjoy countless services as well as cultural and recreational activities that are the envy of many other cities,” said Mayor Guy Pilon.

Higher revenues

Mayor Pilon added the town increased its revenue again this year and tackled major infrastructure upgrades during his previous administration which will help to offset any major rise in expenses in the near future.

“Our new water filtration plant is now up and running and will enable us to tackle the demand in coming years. It will also improve the quality of wastewater being discharged into the Ottawa River. We have to realize that a city our size needs to invest in the services it provides directly to citizens,” said Pilon.

2018 projects

The city will continue to initiate projects in 2018 aimed at improving the life of its citizens. Among the many planned projects will be the introduction of first responder services to help deal with emergency situations. “This is something we’ve been eager to have within our territory for many years. Now that we have permanent full-time firefighters, the timing could not be better to implement this service,” said Pilon.

New bike paths and pedestrian connections are also on the agenda including two new gateways over the Quinchien River. The first bike/pedestrian connection will be on Rue White. The bridge was closed in 2016 to vehicle traffic for safety reasons. The second connection will be near rue Émile-Bouchard which will connect to rue des Nénuphars.

The city will also create an organizing committee next year to prepare for the 25th anniversary of the merger of Vaudreuil and Dorion which will be celebrated in 2019. Plans are also expected to go forward with the construction of the new city hall and expansion of the municipal library, said Pilon.

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