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Residential property taxes will rise three per cent in Vaudreuil-Dorion

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PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon displays a copy of the city’s 2020 budget that was presented during a special session of council at city hall on Monday, December 9.

Individualized citizen portal will be implemented on city’s website

Homeowners in Vaudreuil-Dorion will see their property tax bills increase by an average of three per cent after the city’s 2020 budget was adopted during a special council session on Monday, December 9.

For a house evaluated at $324,400 – the average residential valuation – homeowners will see a $59 increase in their property tax bill next year. The mill rate for each $100 of valuation will increase from $0.6069 to $0.6251. The annual water tax rate remains the same at $275.

Despite the increase, the city says its property tax remains reasonable and is in line with the consumer price index which amounted to 2.7 per cent as of October 31. The city’s 2020 budget amounts to $86,593,802 – a 6.3 per cent increase from last year.

Quality of services a priority

“I want to point out that our spending is also increasing for one very obvious reason – our population is increasing so we have more roads to clear snow, more collection services required, more activities and more municipal employees,” said Mayor Guy Pilon.

“The quality of services we provide to our citizens is a priority. We’ve been cited several times for national and provincial awards because of this,” Pilon added. The city’s property tax includes services such as garbage collection, recycling, and police service from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).

Infrastructure upgrades

The budget also reflects expenditures for some projects that were undertaken this year, including the directional drilling for a new drinking water pipe connection under Highway 40, the reconfiguration of the intersection at Route de Lotbinière and Avenue Saint Jean-Baptiste, the construction of a drinking water pipe under Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes and several bike path links.

The city also acquired the former Vaudrin Academy on Avenue Émile-Bouchard which it is currently leasing to the Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs. The acquisition is meant to increase the supply of city-owned facilities in the coming years.

Strategic planning initiatives

Several major projects will be launched in 2020 including an analysis of outdoor signage especially at the entrances to Vaudreuil-Dorion, particularly in the Harwood Boulevard area. There has also been a lot of discussion over the past few months about the strategic planning initiatives that have been held with various associations, organization, partners and citizens.

An amount of $250,000 has been set aside to implement some of these projects. Selected projects will be announced early in 2020.

The city will also make specific acquisitions for outdoor activities and events including the purchase of sorting stations for waste, adapting water fountains to fill water bottles, and the construction of pergolas and gazebos.

Citizen internet portal

The city is also moving forward with its concept of a smart city and will implement a citizen portal on its website. This will allow residents to create their own file which will provide them complete automated access to all city services and relevant information. Citizens will be able to see all requests they make to the city, including license applications, course registrations and reserving books at the library.

“We want to establish a direct link with our citizens,” said Pilon. “We will be able to consult them, receive their comments, provide feedback and communicate our decisions. This platform will facilitate access to information and dialogue between the city and our community. We have a vision and we’re going forward with it.”

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