• John Jantak

Pincourt residential taxes rise modest 1.2 per cent, lower than inflation rate


Pincourt adopted its 2019 budget at a special council session on Tuesday evening, December 18. Residential property taxes will increase 1.2 per cent or just under $33 per dwelling.

Pincourt residential property owners will see a moderate tax increase as the average tax bill will rise just less than $33, an overall hike of 1.2 per cent. The announcement was made during a special council session where details of the complete budget were read aloud and officially adopted on Tuesday evening, December 18.

Mayor Yvan Cardinal noted that the increase is less than the 1.8 per cent rate of inflation for the Greater Montreal region as stated in the Consumer Price Index on October 31. Even though there was a 0.11 per cent decrease in the town’s operating budget from 2018, the new three-year property assessment roll which will come into effect in 2019 will offset any further tax decreases.

Property valuation increase

It means the value of an average home will rise by 7.37 per cent. It’s the largest increase among comparable municipalities. To offset the hike, the town lowered the property valuation mill rate from $0.7327 per $100 in assessment value in 2018, to $0.6722 in 2019.

Another new fee that will impact most taxpayers next year will be the $74 charge for organic waste pick-up which began this fall. The charge will be clearly identified on residents’ tax bills.

About $27 million has been allocated for the town’s triennial plan for 2019, 2020, and 2021 which includes $17 million that has been earmarked for the revitalization of four major infrastructure projects next year.

Riverside promenade

Now that the town has received the necessary certificates of authorization, it will begin work on the long-awaited riverside promenade planned for Chemin Duhamel between Impasse Duhamel at the Town Hall until Avenue Monseigneur Langlois at Bellevue Park.

The promenade project was announced in June, 2016 when the town turned that stretch of Duhamel from a two-way road into a one-way artery northbound. The changeover and reconstruction next year is meant to provide a safe venue for children, pedestrians, and other people who use the roadway for recreational purposes along the waterfront.

Major infrastructure projects

Construction will also begin next year for a new building that will house the municipal workshops and administrative services for the town’s Public Works and Emergency and Fire Protection departments. Funds have also been earmarked for a new centrifugal system for the Waste Water Treatment plant.

The reconstruction of the chalet and swimming pool at Olympic Park that began this fall is also expected to be completed by late spring 2019 just in time for the start of the annual swimming pool season in early summer.

Challenging budget

It wasn’t an easy budget to finalize because of the town’s required contributions to several government organizations including the Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) police force, said Cardinal. “It was my ninth budget and every year it gets tougher to get positive results. What made it harder too was the increase in property valuations so we had to adjust the assessment rate,” he told The Journal.

The town’s next challenge is to try to reduce the tax burden on residential property owners by finding a way to attract more commerce into the town. “Almost all our taxes – 88 per cent – come from residential taxes,” said Cardinal.